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Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids argues that the teenage behaviors that annoy adults do not arise from "hormones," bad parenting, poor teaching, or "the media," but from adolescents' lack of power over the central features of their lives: they must attend school; they have no control over the curriculum; they can't choose who their classmates are. What teenagers do have is the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2006 by Routledge (first published 2004)
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Dylan Suher
Decent introductory text for sociological method. Has some interesting things to say about youth culture; I particularly agree with his main point, which is that, so long as you bar kids from actual power and responsibility, they'll obsess over pointless shit and snipe at each other. Limited by the excessive epistemological modesty that is characteristic of the field. Also, not exactly a thrill ride. High time I resubscribe to the New Yorker, since I'm getting desperate for bathroom reading
lizz westman
Sep 07, 2007 lizz westman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds
i'm obsessed with consumer culture theory. this is pretty good at analyzing it from a young angle.
This book is written by my colleague Murray Milner. I gave this book 5 stars because it is good sociology. Murray has a tight methodology and he develops a lucid theory of status groups based on his data. This book is intended for an academic audience so it may not entertain a broad audience. It makes some really important points about how adults unwittingly set teenagers up to become status mongering consumers. I like Murray's big picture approach to thinking about social problems.
Very interesting analysis of why young kids and teens shop using brand recognition.
An interesting thesis about how status plays out among teens.
Jen Beyer
I helped this professor edit this book!
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“Until the middle of the twentieth century, men earned most of the income for the family, while women, as “traditional housewives,” were responsible for providing services to family members and converting money into status.54 This was seen most clearly in the value placed on neatness, cleanliness, decorations, and entertaining as lavishly as budgets would allow.” 0 likes
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