Adolescence: A Social Psychological Analysis

Adolescence: A Social Psychological Analysis

Adolescence: A Social Psychological Analysis

Adolescence: A Social Psychological Analysis

Synopsis

An analytical examination of modern adolescence in America on both an individual and collective level. On the individual level, the book focuses on the adolescent's reaction to the urban-industrial conditions that have created an environment in which social roots are uncertain and personal identity is vulnerable. On the collective level, it depicts the adolescent's attempts to compensate for uncertainty and vulnerability by engaging in subcultural or even countercultural behaviour.

Excerpt

This book discusses adolescence as an individual as well as a collective phenomenon. On the individual level, it focuses on the adolescent's reaction to the urban-industrial conditions that have created an environment in which social roots are uncertain and personal identity is vulnerable. This aspect of the discussion is a social-psychological analysis. On the collective level, the book focuses on adolescents' attempts to compensate for uncertainty and vulnerability by engaging in subcultural or even countercultural behavior. This aspect is a sociological analysis. On both levels, adolescent behavior can be understood as a groping struggle-often anguished and drawn out- toward maturity, adulthood, and a stable identity.

In the course of portraying adolescence, I favor an interdisciplinary approach, which includes sociological, psychological, educational, anthropological, and family-life material, plus the occasional use of popular sources.

A full examination of adolescence must be both analytical and comprehensive--analytical in the sense of showing the causes and consequences of adolescence, and comprehensive in the sense of describing the broader sociocultural context in which adolescence thrives. The text divides this task into five parts:

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