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Teenage : the creation of youth culture

by Savage, Jon.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HQ796.S284 2007
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  HQ796.S284 2007
 
 
Summary
Fusing film, music, literature, diaries, fashion, and art, this epic cultural history from the author of England's Dreaming is an astonishing and surprising chronicle of modern life sure to appeal to pop culture fans.
Contents
Heaven and hell : Marie Bashkirtseff and Jesse Pomeroy
Nationalists and decadents : the European counterrevolution
Hooligans and Apaches : juvenile delinquency and the mass media
"A sudden vision of heaven" : L. Frank Baum and the dreamland of Oz
The American century : G. Stanley Hall and adolescence
Peter Pan and the Boy Scouts : imperial British youth
High school freshmen and factory fodder : American adolescence and industry
Wandervogel and neo-pagans : Europe's back-to-nature movements
Nickleodeons and animal dances : the American dream economy
Invocation : the European generation gap
Sacrifice : the war dead and the young against the old
The class of 1902 : juvenile delinquency and the Great War
Jazz bands and doughboys : American youth enters Europe
Postwar shocks : the fascisti, the German Bunde, and the woodcraft folk
Sheiks and shebas : the American youth market
The Cinderella complex : the problems of America's mass culture
The pursuit of pleasure : the bright young people
The soldiers of an idea : the Hitler youth
The Children's Army and the New Deal : American adolescents in the Depression
Biff boys and the red menace : the polarisation of British youth
Jitterbugs and ickies : American swing and youth consumerism
Conquerors and overlords : the Hitler youth at war and at home
Reluctant conscripts and socialist heroes : Britain youth at war
Sub-debs and GIs : American adolescents in school and in uniform
German swing kids and French zazous : swing in Nazi Europe
Zoot-suiters and victory girls : American unrest in 1943
The peaceful invaders : American soldiers and British youth
Helmuth Hùˆbener, the White Rose, and Anne Frank : resistance in Nazi Europe
The arrival of the teenager : the launch of Seventeen
Year zero : the teenager triumphant.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Savage's highly acclaimed history of the English punk movement ( England's Dreaming, 1991) won praise for its enthusiastic yet penetrating portrayal of the anarchic Sex Pistols and the culture of frustration that fueled them. His latest book searches for the sources of youth culture, the living in the now, pleasure-seeking, product-hungry global phenomenon that both defines and is defined by consumerism. Reminding us that youth culture existed long before the 1950s--as demonstrated by Rimbaud, Wilde, and Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther, as well as Barrie's Peter Pan--Savage chronicles the fitful evolution of our understanding of adolescence as well as the changing (and unchanging) activities of teenagers in the early twentieth century. As with his previous work, the author adeptly situates pop-culture trends within broader cultural shifts: the relationship between youth-icon Rudolph Valentino and changing sexual mores, for example. In doing so, however, Savage pays particular and lengthy attention to war's ability to separate generations as well as to crush and/or heighten the manic impulses of youth. The result is an enlightening and serious analysis of modernity itself, as nuanced as it is ambitious. --Brendan Driscoll Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Although popular assumption might place the birth of teenage culture alongside the rise of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, Savage (England's Dreaming) traces a more elaborate backstory that extends into the late 19th century. His catalogue of influences and indicators bounces from Goethe and Rimbaud to teenage girls' diaries, but the account only begins to pick up steam at the end of the First World War, as a generation of British youth reject the values of the elders who sent them into battle. Later, in the U.S., Prohibition not only taught booze-loving college students disrespect for the law, it put them in contact with a criminal underground that strengthened their subversive tendencies. The analysis of teen culture during the Second World War is particularly strong, moving from the Hitler Youth and rebellious " swing kids" in Germany to the Zoot Suit riots of Los Angeles and the "Zazou" movement of occupied Paris. Savage weaves his disparate sources into a convincing narrative of how adolescents were molded by political and cultural pressures into the consumer-friendly category of " teenager" by the end of WWII, but while individual anecdotes carry some verve, the writing never fully sheds its dry academic tone. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Teenagers -- History -- 20th century.
Adolescence -- History -- 20th century.
Youth -- History -- 20th century.
Coming of age -- History -- 20th century.
Teenagers -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Teenagers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- History -- 20th century.
Subculture -- History -- 20th century.
Social history -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Viking,2007
Other Titles Creation of youth culture
Language English
Description xx, 551 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 470-523) and index.
ISBN 9780670038374
0670038377
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