For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Youth Culture and the Generation Gap
  • Ursula A. Falk
  • Gerhard Falk
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Has today's overwhelming emphasis on "youth culture" widened the generation gap — or bridged it? Weighing the competing influences of peers and parents, the authors discuss parent-child relations and how sex, slang, music, cliques, gangs and reference groups play into identity issues.

About the Author

Ursula A. Falk’s areas of specialization include Sociology of Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology of Punishment and Corrections, Social Problems, Sociology of Higher Education, Sociology of Addiction and Alcoholism. Ms. Falk, a practicing psychiatrist, contributed examples from case histories.

Prof. Gerhard Falk is professor of sociology at Buffalo State College. He has authored more than two dozen books and 42 journal articles, mostly taking a sociologist's view of history.

Falk has been awarded the New York State Research Foundation's Award for Scholarship; the Buffalo State College President's Award for Creativity; and The New York State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

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The Youth Culture is certainly dominant n the world, and the United States is its champion. Has this cultural emphasis widened the generation gap, or is it just a natural by-product of the generational differences that exist...

The Youth Culture is certainly dominant n the world, and the United States is its champion. Has this cultural emphasis widened the generation gap, or is it just a natural by-product of the generational differences that exist in all societies? Is the generation gap such a problem as the media makes it out to be?

The authors contend that, in fact, most of today’s youngsters have a great deal of sympathy for their parents and share their values. But, the youth culture seeks to overcome the identity problem all adolescents face. As an expert in sociology of youth, the author explores this phenomenon and explores the development of a youth culture in the US, and its manifestations in daily life from recreation and music to dress codes and status games. The book is illustrated with case histories taken from the author’s private practice.

The book compares the competing influences of peers and parents, discusses homeless migrants, hippies, punks and rockers, and considers sex, language, cliques, gangs and reference groups.


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Pages 268
Year: 2005
LC Classification: HQ796.F32
Dewey code: 305.235'0973—dc22
BISAC: FAM003000
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