This collection takes its inspiration from Paul Goodman's Growing Up Absurd, a landmark critique of American culture at the end of the 1950s. The contributors to this volume focus on adverse social conditions that confront young people in postmodernity, such as the relentless pressure to consume, social dis-investment in education, harsh responses to youth crime, and the continuing climate of intolerance that falls heavily on the young. In essays on education, youth crime, counseling, protest movements, fiction, identity-formation and popular culture, the contributors look for moments of resistance to the subsumption of youth culture under the logic of global capitalism.
Ronald Strickland is professor of English and the director of graduate studies at Illinois State University.
Part 1 Introduction: What's Left of Modernity? Chapter 2 1 "A Caste, A Culture, A Market": Youth, Marketing and Lifestyle in Postwar America Chapter 3 2 The War on the Young: Coorporate Culture, Schooling and the Politics of "Zero Tolerance" Chapter 4 3 Richard Price and the Ordeal of the Postmodern City Chapter 5 4 "Remorseless Young Predators": The Bottom Line of Caging Children Chapter 6 5 Growing Up Incarcerated: The Prison-Industrial Complex and Literacy as Resistance Chapter 7 6 Ideology and Interpellation in the First-Person Shooter Chapter 8 7 Trouble Child: Barthes' Imagined Youth Chapter 9 8 The Big Business of Surfing's Oceanic Feeling: Thirty Years ofTracks Magazine Chapter 10 9 Female Adolescence and its Discontents Chapter 11 10 The Mis/Education of Righteous Babes: Popular Culture and Third Wabe Feminism Chapter 12 11 Post "68: Theory in the Streets Chapter 13 12 To Be Young, Countercultural and Black: Radical Pluralism, Countercultures and African American Activism in the 1960s