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Images of Youth

Popular Culture as Educational Ideology


Michael A. Oliker and Walter P. Krolikowski

Superman comics, Jimmy Cagney gangster films, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and a modern-day New England Emile – unlikely companions for the Beaver and his picture-perfect parents June and Ward? Not at all in this cache of thought-provoking essays on the cause, effect, and reciprocal relationships among popular culture, education, and adolescent behavior. Twelve educators analyze the evidence and arrive at diametrically opposite conclusions – and many points between. Pessimists see rampant deterioration in our educational process and product; optimists perceive encouraging signs of progress and potential for ethical improvement. Only time will tell who is right. Individual essay bibliographies provide a valuable resource of 350 relevant titles. Images of Youth is stimulating reading for both expert and neophyte in the field.
Contents: Michael A. Oliker: Preface: Adolescents, Popular Culture, Critical Thinking, and Ideology – Grant Tracey: Scripting the Narrative of «Emotional Possession»: James Cagney’s Appeal to Immigrant Youth in the 1930s – Gene D. Phillips: A Profile of Adolescent Delinquents: Dead End as Play and Film – Michael A. Oliker: The Boy Who Hated Superman: Ethical Ideals, Metaphysical Confusion, and Popular Culture – Laurence Miller: Juvenile Delinquency in Films During the Era of Film Noir: 1940-1959 – B. Lee Cooper: Formal Education as a Lyrical Target: Images of Schooling in Popular Music, 1955-1980 – Don G. Smith: Teenage Monsters and Their Meaning – Michael B. Kassel: Mayfield After Midnight: Images of Youth and Parenting in Leave It to Beaver – Bill Osgerby: Shakin’ All Over: Teenagers, Consumption, and Social Change in Postwar Britain – Francis N. Njubi: Rap, Race, and Representation – Walter P. Krolikowski: He Ain’t Heavy: Robert B. Parker Revisits Emile – Alan L. Soffin: Recollecting Honor – Philip L. Smith: A Schematic Analysis of Popular Culture, Adolescence, and Sport: Surprising Implications for Education and Our Democratic Future.