• Title: Twentieth-Century Teen Culture by the Decades: A Reference Guide
  • Author: Lucy Rollin
  • Released: 1999-12-30
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 416
  • ISBN: 0313302235
  • ISBN13: 978-0313302237
  • ASIN: 0313302235
From School Library Journal Grade 7 Up-An exceptionally well-written and entertaining history of that lively, often perplexing group, U.S. teenagers. Drawing on sources ranging from glossy magazines to serious academic treatises, Rollin showcases young adult hobbies, language, social life, fashions, music, literature, and fads of the last century from the Gibson-girl look to body piercing under such headings as "Teens at Home" and "Leisure Activities and Entertainment." Tables covering attitudes toward drinking, teens in the labor force, and other topics are scattered throughout the book. An extensive list of resources concludes each chapter. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs, movie stills, comic strips, and reproductions complement the text. Notes on statistics and sources and an annotated appendix listing teen-related Internet sites are included. This is a first-rate, thoroughly researched compendium of facts, as appealing to browsers as it is useful for reports.
Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal Calling this volume a reference guide is somewhat misleading; it is, rather, a thorough, well-researched, and highly readable social history of American teenagers in this century. Rollin, a Clemson faculty member who's previously written about children's literature, provides a decade-by-decade account of the roles of the various institutions (church, school, the workplace), technology (radio, movies, television), and changing family dynamics that have informed teenage culture over time. Good historical overviews of world and national events set the scene at the beginning of each chapter, and the author's notes on sources and statistics, as well as an appendix of teen-oriented Internet links at the end further enhance this book. Her observation that "many adultsAparents, educators, and reformersAwere appalled by the popularity of...crude entertainments" refers, interestingly, not to our current anxiety about the effects of violent entertainment on young people but to the age of the NickelodeonAthe early 1900s. Recommended for academic collections and larger public libraries.AEllen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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