Tribe Apart A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence

ISBN-10: 034543594X

ISBN-13: 9780345435941

Edition: N/A

Authors: Patricia Hersch

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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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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Prologue: Alone
Stepping Inside
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
Making Contact
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
Making Sense
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
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