Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids

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In, Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption, Murray Milner argues that the teenage behaviors which provoke adults do not arise from hormones, bad parenting, poor education, or the media; rather from young people's lack of power over the direction of their lives. Most teenagers have little say over the school they attend, their courses of study, and their classmates. Even fewer still do not have voting and drinking privileges and are not financially independent. What teenagers do have is the power to create status systems and symbols that not only frustrate adults, but also hinder learning and maturing. Ironically, parents, educators, and businesses are, unintentionally, major contributors to these outcomes. Put simply, while teenagers wield little economic and political power, they can control and evaluate one another. Teenagers do this through a series of accepted norms such as clothes and
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