Show Less
Restricted access

Talking Adolescence

Perspectives on Communication in the Teenage Years


Angie Williams and Crispin Thurlow

As a major economic, relational, and identity resource, communication is crucial to the well-being and success of young people. And yet adolescents are typically characterized in the media as inadequate communicators, whose language practices adults bemoan as unintelligible and deleterious. In looking to critique these pervasive stereotypes, the editors of Talking Adolescence have brought together some of the world’s leading experts on youth and adolescence, whose interdisciplinary research demonstrates how communication powerfully structures and meaningfully facilitates the lives of young people. Adding to the growing literature on intergenerational and lifespan communication, Talking Adolescence is the first substantive volume devoted to young people.
Contents: Crispin Thurlow: Deconstructing adolescent communication – Johanna Wyn: Youth in the media: Adult stereotypes of young people – Peter Garrett/Angie Williams: Adults’ perceptions of communication with young people – Crispin Thurlow/Alice Marwick: From apprehension to awareness: Toward more critical understandings of young people’s communication experiences – Cynthia Carter/Stuart Allan: Hearing their voices: Young people, citizenship and online news – Penelope Eckert: Stylistic practice and the adolescent social order – Vivian de Klerk: Slang and swearing as markers of inclusion and exclusion in adolescence – Lauren Berger/Dana McMakin/Wyndol Furman: The language of love: Romantic relationships in adolescence – Sarah O’Flynn: Ticket to a Queer planet? Communication issues affecting young lesbian and gay people – Leo Hendry/Marion Kloep: ‘Talkin’, doin’ and bein’ with friends’: Leisure and communication in adolescence – Susan McKay/ Crispin Thurlow/Heather Toomey Zimmerman: Wired whizzes or techno-slaves? Young people and their emergent communication technologies – Patricia Noller: Communication with parents and other family members: The implications of family process for young people’s well-being – John Drury: Young people’s communication with adults in the institutional order – Joseph Chesebro: In the classroom: Instructional communication with young people – Susan McKay: Communication and ‘risky’ behavior in adolescence.