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Generations of Youth : Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America - Joe Alan Austin

Generations of Youth

Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America

By: Joe Alan Austin (Editor), Michael Willard (Editor)

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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 Youth traces 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. EspaAAa-Maram, Robin D. G. Kelley, Matt Garcia, James T. Sears, Beth Bailey, Ernesto ChAA 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.

"Intelligently addresses several of the most important unresolved issues and controversies about altruism." -"The Journal of Politics",

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Angels of History, Demons of Culturep. 1
Early Twentieth Century
Experts and Juvenile Delinquency, 1900-1935p. 21
Heroism and the Problem of Impulsiveness for Early Twentieth-Century American Youthp. 36
Teenage Girls, Sexuality, and Working-Class Parents in Early Twentieth-Century Californiap. 50
Rolling with the Punches: Boxing, Youth Culture, and Ethnic Identity at Federal Indian Boarding Schools during the 1930sp. 65
The Deanna Durbin Devotees: Fan Clubs and Spectatorshipp. 81
Creating New Identities: Youth and Ethnicity in New York City High Schools in the 1930s and 1940sp. 95
Brown "Hordes" in McIntosh Suits: Filipinos, Taxi Dance Halls, and Performing the Immigrant Body in Los Angeles, 1930s-1940sp. 118
War and Postwar
The Riddle of the Zoot: Malcolm Little and Black Cultural Politics during World War IIp. 136
"Memories of El Monte": Intercultural Dance Halls in Post-World War II Greater Los Angelesp. 157
Growing Up as a Jewish Lesbian in South Florida: Queer Teen Life in the Fiftiesp. 173
From Panty Raids to Revolution: Youth and Authority, 1950-1970p. 187
"Birth of a New Symbol": The Brown Berets' Gendered Chicano National Imaginaryp. 205
Art and Activism in the Chicano Movement: Judith F. Baca, Youth and the Politics of Cultural Workp. 223
Contemporary Youth Culture
Knowing Their Place: Local Knowledge, Social Prestige, and the Writing Formation in New York Cityp. 240
"... And Tomorrow Is Just Another Crazy Scam": Postmodernity, Youth, and the Downward Mobility of the Middle Classp. 253
Dancin' in the Street to a Black Girl's Beat: Music, Gender, and the "Ins and Outs" of Double-Dutchp. 272
Clamor and Community in the Music of Public Enemyp. 293
Hmong American Youth: American Dream, American Nightmarep. 311
Seance, Tricknowlogy, Skateboarding, and the Space of Youthp. 327
Teens at Work: Negotiating the Jobless Futurep. 347
What to Make of Wiggers: A Work in Progressp. 358
Virtually Out: The Emergence of a Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Youth Cyberculturep. 367
Gender and Generation down the Red Roadp. 379
The Hip Hop Hearings: Censorship, Social Memory, and Intergenerational Tensions among African Americansp. 395
Nightmares in the New Metropolis: The Cinematic Poetics of Low Ridersp. 412
Let's All Be Alienated Together: Zines and the Making of Underground Communityp. 427
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780814706466
ISBN-10: 0814706460
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st June 1998
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.87 x 17.78  x 3.28
Weight (kg): 0.85