Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

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An eye-opening and dramatic expose of white teen life in America's Northeastern suburbs. Gaines' account offers sympathetic portraits of these teenagers, an incisive analysis of their interest in heavy-metal music and Satanism, and a powerful indictment of the programs designed to help "troubled" teens.

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In the years following the 1987 quadruple teenage suicide pact in Bergenfield, New Jersey, our youth have triumphed in many ways, innovating across categories of American culture and commerce. Despite the forces that pushed them down, most young people do survive.

In the 1990's, gang-related homicide upstaged suicide as the leading death among young people, after accidents. Again youth subculture was demonized; hip hop culture and rap music were blamed. At Columbine, we saw a new breed of angry American child. Part kamikaze, part suicide, part serial killer, two "outcasts" obliterated their peers and themselves. Once again, adults blamed youth subculture; goth, the Internet, video games and Marilyn Manson.

Adults still refuse to address the real issues; institutional failures, structural inequities and the brutalities that make up everyday life for too may kids. Young people continue to fight back. And again, they will prevail.

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Teenage Wasteland provides memorable portraits of "rock and roll kids" and analyses of their interests in heavy metal music and Satanism. A powerful indictment of the often manipulative media coverage of youth crises and so-called alternative programs designed to help "troubled" teens, Teenage Wasteland draws new conclusions and presents solid reasons to admire the resilience of suburbia's dead end kids.

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