Book Title: Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids
Author: Murray Milner Jr.
Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids
- The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
- America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference
- Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It
- Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work (European Studies)
- Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition with an Update a Decade Later
- Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do
- The Meaning of Sociology (8th Edition)
- The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
- The Basics of Social Research
- A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Fifth Edition
argues that the teenage behaviors that annoy adults do not arise from "hormones," bad parenting, poor teaching, or "the media," but from adolescents' lack of power over the central features of their lives: they must attend school; they have no control over the curriculum; they can't choose who their classmates are. What teenagers do have is the power to create status systems and symbols that not only exasperate adults, but also impede learning and maturing. Ironically, parents, educators, and businesses are inadvertently major contributors to these outcomes.