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How Old Are You? : Age Consciousness in American Culture - Howard P. Chudacoff

How Old Are You?

Age Consciousness in American Culture

Paperback Published: 16th February 1992
ISBN: 9780691006215
Number Of Pages: 256

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Most Americans take it for granted that a thirteen-year-old in the fifth grade is "behind schedule," that "teenagers who marry "too early" are in for trouble, and that a seventy-five-year-old will be pleased at being told, "You look young for your age." Did an awareness of age always dominate American life? Howard Chudacoff reveals that our intense age consciousness has developed only gradually since the late nineteenth century. In so doing, he explores a wide range of topics, including demographic change, the development of pediatrics and psychological testing, and popular music from the early 1800s until now. "Throughout our lifetimes American society has been age-conscious. But this has not always been the case. Until the mid-nineteenth century, Americans showed little concern with age. The one-room schoolhouse was filled with students of varied ages, and children worked alongside adults.... This is] a lively picture of the development of age consciousness in urban middle-class culture." --Robert H. Binstock, The New York Times Book Review "A fresh perspective on a century of social and cultural development."--Michael R. Dahlin, American Historical Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Blurred Age Distinctions: American Society Before 1850p. 9
Origins of Age Grading: Education and Medicinep. 29
Age Norms and Scheduling: The 1890sp. 49
Intensification of Age Norms: 1900-1920p. 65
Emergence of A Peer Societyp. 92
Act Your Age: The Culture of Age, 1900-1935p. 117
Age Consciousness in American Popular Musicp. 138
Continuities and Changes in the Recent Pastp. 157
Conclusionp. 183
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780691006215
ISBN-10: 0691006210
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th February 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.55  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37