Reading and Lecture Notes - Currie

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Currie Currie , “ Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence,” Article 36 in Charon Issues with Teens and Young Adults: In this set of readings all of the arguments connect to the declining number of opportunities available to young people The particulars of issue and explanation vary but all argue that it is the larger ‘public issues’ which are affecting teens, their hopes and motivations to participate in society and conform to broader social norms Issues with Teens and Young Adults: Luker: the motivation is meaning and purpose in a harsh world not welfare dollars Currie: the problem is the overly competitive nature of American culture Is a good issue for application and consideration of theories from Deviance. Mentions Matza and Drift Theory. Hirschi a good example of ‘most theories’ Gaines: the problem is the economy Increased materialism + decreased opportunity Nowhere to go and nothing to do
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