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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. VIII, 292 pp.
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.