Fitting In, Standing Out : Navigating the Social Challenges of High School to Get an Education Paperback / softback
In American high schools, teenagers must navigate complex youth cultures that often prize being 'real' while punishing difference.
Adults may view such social turbulence as a timeless, ultimately harmless rite of passage, but changes in American society are intensifying this rite and allowing its effects to cascade into adulthood.
Integrating national statistics with interviews and observations from a single school, this book explores this phenomenon.
It makes the case that recent macro-level trends, such as economic restructuring and technological change, mean that the social dynamics of high school can disrupt educational trajectories after high school; it looks at teenagers who do not fit in socially at school - including many who are obese or gay - to illustrate this phenomenon; and it crafts recommendations for parents, teachers and policy-makers about how to protect teenagers in trouble.
The result is a story of adolescence that hits home with anyone who remembers high school.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 280 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified; 3 Halftones, unspecified; 19 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 07/03/2011
- Category: Age groups: adolescents
- ISBN: 9780521182034