Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture

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Best shows us that, while the prom is often trivialized, most kids take the prom seriously. The prom is a space where kids work through their understanding of authority, social class, gender norms, and multicultural schooling. Proms are more than just pictures and puffed sleeves--they are a mythic part of youth culture and, for better or worse, will always be a night to remember.

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Amy L. Best is Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University.

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For many, the prom is the highlight of their high school senior year. For others, it is a time of expectations, transitions, and transformations. Best (sociology, San Jose State Univ.) looks at students' prom experiences and the impacts they have had on their lives. She also examines the prom as a cultural icon, exploring its role within popular movies, the development of magazines surrounding the prom experience, and how the prom has changed in history. The author interviews students of different cultural and sexual identities and concludes that many feel that the prom is a "white" experience that ignores cultural differences and students with different gender identities. She also discusses how schools try to control the prom experience by, for instance, keeping students away from alcohol and other negative influences. One school even has students fill in a form, providing information on whom they will attend the prom with, for faculty approval. Best provides an interesting sociological study of the prom experience that will find a home in American studies, women's studies, and sociology collections.DDanna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress
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