Generations of Youth Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America

ISBN-10: 0814706460
ISBN-13: 9780814706466
Edition: 1998
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.29" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

America has long been fascinated by youth and its cultural expressions. The notion of "youth" has played a central role in processes of social reproduction and historical change throughout the twentieth century. But when we turn a critical eye to youth culture, we too often focus on youth as a passive and unchanging concept.In Generations of Youth, Joe Austin and Michael Willard have brought together leading cultural critics from history, sociology, and cultural studies to explore the cultural expressions of twentieth- century youth. The contributors to the volume explore diverse popular culture practices such as Chicano rock-and-roll dancing; the Boy Scouts and heroism; 'zines and community; Native American boxing; African American hip-hop; fan clubs and femininity; Malcolm X's zoot suit; Filipino Mcintosh suits; lesbian, bisexual, and gay Internet culture; Chicano lowriding; skateboarding and the production of urban space; graffiti and spatial mobility; Native American pow wows; and post-punk, Generation X, and downward mobility. Generations of Youth considers the ways in which young people's autonomy and "youth" itself is produced in negotiation with adult authority and institutions of socialization.The definitive volume on American youth cultures past and present,Generations of Youthtraces the central ways in which historical meanings and experiences of youth intersect with other axes of the U.S. social hierarchy. We learn how race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and space intersect to affect our notions of youth and youth's notions of itself. Essays focus on the ways in which young people have appropriated and created cultural forms, practices, and social ideologies that are connected to changes in consumer and labor markets, to economies of prestige, and to received social hierarchies and traditions.Contributors to the volume include Victoria Getis, Jay Mechling, Mary Odem, John Bloom, Georganne Scheiner, Paula Fass, Linda N. Espaa-Maram, Robin D. G. Kelley, Matt Garcia, James T. Sears, Beth Bailey, Ernesto Ch?vez, Jeffrey Rangel, Ryan Moore, Kyra Gaunt, Robert Walser, William Wei, Susan Willis, David Roediger, Joanne Addison and Michelle Comstock, Rachel Buff, George Lipsitz, Brenda Bright, Stanley Aronowitz, and Steve Duncombe.

Cholly Atkins has been a jazz dance artist, choreographer, and director of stage acts for decades. He has been honored by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many dance organizations.Jacqui Malone, who began interviewing Cholly Atkins in 1988, was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship to write this book. Author of Steppin'on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance,she is a professor of drama, theater, and dance at Queens College.Joe Austin, assistant professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, is coeditor of Generations of Youth: Youth and Youth Cultures in the 20th Century.

Michael Willardis co-editor ofGenerations of Youth: Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth Century America, also available from NYU Press.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: Angels of History, Demons of Culture
Early Twentieth Century
Experts and Juvenile Delinquency, 1900-1935
Heroism and the Problem of Impulsiveness for Early Twentieth-Century American Youth
Teenage Girls, Sexuality, and Working-Class Parents in Early Twentieth-Century California
Rolling with the Punches: Boxing, Youth Culture, and Ethnic Identity at Federal Indian Boarding Schools during the 1930s
The Deanna Durbin Devotees: Fan Clubs and Spectatorship
Creating New Identities: Youth and Ethnicity in New York City High Schools in the 1930s and 1940s
Brown "Hordes" in McIntosh Suits: Filipinos, Taxi Dance Halls, and Performing the Immigrant Body in Los Angeles, 1930s-1940s
War and Postwar
The Riddle of the Zoot: Malcolm Little and Black Cultural Politics during World War II
"Memories of El Monte": Intercultural Dance Halls in Post-World War II Greater Los Angeles
Growing Up as a Jewish Lesbian in South Florida: Queer Teen Life in the Fifties
From Panty Raids to Revolution: Youth and Authority, 1950-1970
"Birth of a New Symbol": The Brown Berets' Gendered Chicano National Imaginary
Art and Activism in the Chicano Movement: Judith F. Baca, Youth and the Politics of Cultural Work
Contemporary Youth Culture
Knowing Their Place: Local Knowledge, Social Prestige, and the Writing Formation in New York City
"... And Tomorrow Is Just Another Crazy Scam": Postmodernity, Youth, and the Downward Mobility of the Middle Class
Dancin' in the Street to a Black Girl's Beat: Music, Gender, and the "Ins and Outs" of Double-Dutch
Clamor and Community in the Music of Public Enemy
Hmong American Youth: American Dream, American Nightmare
Seance, Tricknowlogy, Skateboarding, and the Space of Youth
Teens at Work: Negotiating the Jobless Future
What to Make of Wiggers: A Work in Progress
Virtually Out: The Emergence of a Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Youth Cyberculture
Gender and Generation down the Red Road
The Hip Hop Hearings: Censorship, Social Memory, and Intergenerational Tensions among African Americans
Nightmares in the New Metropolis: The Cinematic Poetics of Low Riders
Let's All Be Alienated Together: Zines and the Making of Underground Community
Index

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