Road to Whatever Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence

ISBN-10: 0805080007

ISBN-13: 9780805080001

Edition: N/A

Authors: Elliott Currie

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An "energetic," "provocative," and "much-needed" investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among middle-class American teenagers ("Los Angeles Times") In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed sociologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie draws on years of interviews to offer a profound investigation of what has gone wrong for so many "mainstream" American adolescents. Rejecting such predictable answers as TV violence, permissiveness, and inherent evil, Currie links this crisis to a pervasive "culture of exclusion" fostered by a society in which medications trump guidance and a punitive "zero tolerance" approach to adolescent misbehavior has become the norm. Broadening his inquiry, he dissects the changes in middle-class life that stratify the world into "winners" and "losers," imposing an extraordinarily harsh culture--and not just on kids. Vivid, compelling, and deeply empathetic, "The Road to Whatever" is a stark indictment of a society that has lost the will--or the capacity--to care. "Convincing . . . Currie's argument is just about airtight."--"The Washington Post""" "Vivid . . . this book will worry you and make you think hard about the collapse of a caring environment in America."--Frances Fox Piven
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michael K. Brown and David Wellman are members of the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, and Marjorie M. Shultz are on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley; Currie is also Visiting Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and Duster is also Professor of Sociology at New York University. Martin Carnoy is Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. David B. Oppenheimer is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Golden Gate University.

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