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LONGMAN TOPICS are brief, thought-provoking readers on a single complex, compelling, topic. Featuring about 30 full-length reading selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.Youth Subcultures by Arielle Greenberg uses a cultural studies lens to explore contemporary American youth subcultures such as skateboarding, punk, Goth, and raves in a brief, flexible, and inexpensive reader.
- High-interest readings on American youth subcultures offer students the opportunity to be content experts right from the start of the semester and approach their research through personal life experiences.
- The variety of writing genres opens possibilities for a wide array of writing strategies that includes oral history, academic research, and memoir.
- Essays by college students as well as professional journalists and scholars in each chapter provide students with realistic models for their own writing.
- Post-reading “Notebook” questions provide discussion questions and writing opportunities.
- “Suggestions for Further Reading” offer research launching points.
- An alternate Rhetorical Table of Contents accommodates multiple teaching approaches for maximum instructor flexibility.
Table of contents
** indicate essays written by undergraduate students.
I. ROOTS AND ORIGINS
1. Youth Activism in the 1990s, Michael Dennis
2. The Rainbow Family Gathering, Catherine Walsh
3. The Lords of Dogtown, G. Beato
4. Nortena Slang Dictionary, Yoly A. Carillo and Arielle Greenberg **
5. Heavy Metal’s Proud Pariahs, Deena Weinstein
II. FITTING IN AND COMING TOGETHER
1. Bboy Style on the Eastside–Austin, Texas, Sasha Vliet
2. The Homeless Community of the Piers, Rob Maitra
3. Thoughts on the Movie Afro-Punk, Mimi Nguyen
4. A Report on Anime Central 2004, Heidi Schubert **
5. My Life as an Enterprise Slash Writer, Kylie Lee
III. MYTHS AND TRUTHS
1. From Geeks to Freaks: Goths and the Middle Class, Amy Wilkins
2. How the Internet is Changing Straightedge, J. Patrick Williams
3. My Night as a Wiccan, Sarah Norton **
4. She Rips When She Skates, Natalie Porter
5. A Different View of Hackers, Zhi Zhu **
IV. MERCHANDISE, COMMERCIALISM AND CO-OPTING THE SCENE
1. The Year that Punk Broke Me, Arielle Greenberg
2. Towards a Critical Understanding of "Asian Cute Culture", Adrienne Lai
3. So Emo it Hurts, Emily Lamison **
4. Economic Status and Raving, Christina Robinson **
5. Street Skateboarding and the Government Stamp of Approval, Robert Rundquist
V. DROPPING OUT AND DROPPING BACK IN
1. The Graying of Aquarius, Jerry Adler
2. Growing Up and Out of the Rave Scene, Johanna Hoadley
3. Deadheads Yesterday and Today: An Audience Study, Melissa McCray Pattacini
4. Too Dirty to be a Hobo?, John Lennon
5. A Straightedger’s Journey, Robert Wood
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