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Beyond Conformity or Rebellion

Youth and Authority in America

By the late 1970s, drugs, blue jeans, rock and roll, and sexual precocity appeared to be all that remained of the cultural ferment of the 1960s. In this classic new study of high school-aged youth in the eartly 70s, Gary Schwartz reveals subtle yet significant changes in the style of deviance in adolescent culture. He argues that a new sort of peer-group pluralism emerged from the counter-culture movement of the 60s, a deviance defined less by persistent violations of the law than by disengagement from traditional images of success and civic responsibility.

315 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1987

Sociology: Criminology, Delinquency, Social Control, Individual, State and Society

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I: Small-Town Life
2. Ribley
3. Patusa
Part II: Working-Class Communities
4. Cambridge
5. Parsons Park
Part III: An Affluent Suburb and an Inner-City Community
6. 32d Street
7. Glenbar
8. Conclusion


Society for the Study of Social Problems: C. Wright Mills Award

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