My Son Is an Alien is an entertaining, informative look at cultural influences on today's youth. Based on interviews with hundreds of teens, pre-teens, and parents, the book sketches out facets of the adolescent's cultural portrait, from body image and slang to peer pressure and drugs. Filled with facts, commentaries, anecdotes, and resources, it also includes numerous features on topics like teen expressions and the least family-friendly TV shows. Danesi proposes strategies for changing the prevailing mindset on youth, including reconnecting adolescents to adult society.
Marcel Danesi is professor of anthropology, semiotics, and communication theory at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, including Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence.
Part 1 Why Another Book on Teenagers? Chapter 2 1. Adolescence in Historical Context Chapter 3 2. Sex Chapter 4 3. Body Image Chapter 5 4. Language Chapter 6 5. Music Chapter 7 6. Cliques, Gangs, and Cults Chapter 8 7. Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Chapter 9 8. School Chapter 10 9. The Media Chapter 11 10. Ending the Experiment Part 12 Internet Sites and Associations Part 13 Glossary