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The Road to Whatever

Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence

Author: Elliott Currie

The Road to Whatever

The Road to Whatever

$20.00

About This Book

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...

Page Count
320
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On Sale
12/27/2005

Book Details

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.

Imprint Publisher

Picador

ISBN

9780805080001

In The News

“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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The Road to Whatever

The Road to Whatever

$20.00