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1 Week 04 Day 10 100203 For today: Currie: Crisis of Adolescence Gaines: Teenage Wasteland Schwalbe: Finding Out How the Social World Goals for the Day Works Friday Bertram: Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs Schwalbe: The Reproduction of Inequality 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 Issues With Teens/Young Adults 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
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2 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 Currie/Gaines Is a good issue for application and consideration of theories from Deviance. Mentions Matza, Hirschi a good example of ‘most theories’ Gaines: the problem is the economy Increased materialism + decreased opportunity Nowhere to go and nothing to do Matza – Drift Theory: gradual process not connected to single major influences or events – loosening of social control and loss of agency Currie Crisis of Adolescence Hirschi – Control Theory: connections to people, institutions and activities increases the ‘cost’ of behavior that goes against social norms and discourages deviant behavior Most theories assume [like Hirschi] that middle class kids should have more to lose and more opportunity to conform to social norms and thus a greater disincentive Currie Crisis of Adolescence Currie presents information that suggests the availability of drugs and adolescent norms about drug use may contribute to a downward spiral and be part of the problem but that alone does not account for lack of care
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3 There is usually a history of choices—or of failures to choose—that have put them in situations where such things are more likely to happen Currie Crisis of Adolescence Making those choices means they have had to abandon many of the concerns that would otherwise inhibit them from getting involved with troublesome people or hanging out in risky places in the first place Whether prolonged or sudden, always involved a progressive erosion of the ability to care about the things [moral connections] that control behavior – avoiding harm and disapproval Currie Crisis of Adolescence Stop caring about what parents, friends, teachers, what the community as a whole thinks Stop caring about formal sanctions Stop caring about the physical consequences, for their bodies and minds, of what they are doing Stop caring about how they will feel about themselves (most important) When doing something dangerous or stupid
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