Tribe Apart A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
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Description: For three fascinating, disturbing years, writer Patricia Hersch journeyed inside a world that is as familiar as our own children and yet as alien as some exotic culture--the world of adolescence. As a silent, attentive partner, she followed eight teenagers in the typically American town of Reston, Virginia, listening to their stories, observing their rituals, watching them fulfill their dreams and enact their tragedies. What she found was that America's teens have fashioned a fully defined culture that adults neither see nor imagine--a culture of unprecedented freedom and baffling complexity, a culture with rules but no structure, values but no clear morality, codes but no consistency. Is it society itself that has created this separate teen community? Resigned to the attitude that adolescents simply live in "a tribe apart," adults have pulled away, relinquishing responsibility and supervision, allowing the unhealthy behaviors of teens to flourish. Ultimately, this rift between adults and teenagers robs both generations of meaningful connections. For everyone's world is made richer and more challenging by having adolescents in it.
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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/3/1999
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Preface to the Paperback Edition|
|On the Brink|
|Speaking Out/Acting Out|
|High School Is for Making Memories|
|The Negative Is Positive|
|Honor and Other Relative Things|
|The School Paper and a Whole New Adolescent World|
|Out of the Whirlwind and on to the Playing Field|
|A Circle of Friends: It's Not Peer Pressure, It's the Adolescent Way of Life|
|Graffiti, God, and Other Meaningful Things|
|Sex: Let's Get It Out of the Way, but Don't Look at Me Naked|
|Lacrosse and Other Challenges|
|Taking Care of Each Other and Other Grown-up Preoccupations|
|Moshing Is a Way to Belong|
|Shedding Light on Darkness: School Is an Uncomfortable Place to Learn|
|Rearrange Your Room When You Can't Arrange Yourself|
|The Dilemmas of a Fourteen-Year-Old Girl: Contradictions as a Way of Life|
|Creating My Own Space: The Long Cold Winter and Descent into Darkness|
|Broken Promises: Theirs and Ours|
|Doing High School the Old-Fashioned Way|
|It's My Prom, My Life|
|Resignation: Adolescence Is Sometimes a Life-or-Death Issue|
|The Great Unknown Lies Ahead: To the Wilderness or to College|
|Epilogue: A Warm Embrace|