9780415953917

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415953917

  • ISBN10:

    041595391X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 6/21/2006
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Welcome back to high school. Is it different? In some schools the pecking order hasn't changed, only the names; in others ranking is gone, but clique boundaries are even more rigid. From the lunchroom to the prom, students are obsessed with who sits together, who goes together, what people are wearing and driving. But in addition new kinds of relationships, anxieties, and conflicts have emerged. Both these old and the new features of teen culture shape our children in ways that are more fundamental than the content of the curriculum. Murray Milner revisits the most character-shaping status system we ever encounter, showing how it works and why-and how it is also shaping our entire consumer society. Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kidsargues that the teenage behaviors that annoy adults do not arise from "hormones," bad parenting, poor teaching, or "the media," but from adolescents' lack of power over the central features of their lives: they must attend school; they have no control over thecurriculum; they can't choose who their classmates are. What teenagers do have is the power to create status systems and symbols that not only exasperate adults, but also impede learning and maturing. Ironically, parents, educators, and businesses are inadvertently major contributors to these outcomes. An absorbing journey that stirs up a mixture of nostalgia and dismay,Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kidsshows how high school distills the worst features of American consumer society and shapes how we relate to our neighbors, partners, and coworkers. It also makes new proposals about how our schools and the lives of teenagers might be transformed.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
PART I: THE PUZZLE AND THE TOOLS
Introduction
3(10)
Chapter One Why Do They Behave Like That?
13(14)
Chapter Two The Tools for Understanding
27(12)
PART II: EXPLAINING TEENS' BEHAVIOR
Chapter Three Fitting In, Standing Out, and Keeping Up
39(22)
Chapter Four Steering Clear, Hanging Out, and Hooking Up
61(20)
Chapter Five Exchanges, Labels, and Put-Downs
81(18)
PART III: WHY SCHOOLS VARY
Chapter Six The Pluralistic High School
99(32)
Chapter Seven Other Kinds of Schools
131(24)
PART IV: TEEN STATUS SYSTEMS AND CONSUMERISM
Chapter Eight Creating Consumers
155(16)
Chapter Nine Consuming Life
171(10)
Chapter Ten Conclusions and Implications
181(22)
APPENDICES
Appendix I The Theory of Status Relations: Elaborations
203(14)
Appendix II Data and Methods
217(6)
Appendix III Sample Research Materials
223(16)
Notes 239(46)
Bibliography 285(14)
Index 299

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