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Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2010 geeks, goths, and gangstas cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
270 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2010
Print ISBN: 9781551303727
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Overview

The world changed in 1956, permanently.

So says Marcel Danesi in this exciting new history of youth culture and its impact on Western society. From the recording of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" in that year, through the hippie movement, punk, goth, hip-hop, and others, youth culture has radically reshaped our world. Race relations, gender roles, sexuality, and the aging process have all been transformed by the forces unleashed in 1956. In lively and accessible prose, Danesi offers a fresh interpretation of that history and a vindication of today's unfairly maligned youth culture. This authoritative examination of fifty years of social change provides a fascinating analysis of popular culture and the evolutionary tendencies it has instilled into the dynamic of social life. 


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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Adolescents, Teenagers, and Youth Culture

Chapter 2: Rockers, Hippies, and Geeks

Chapter 3: Metalheads, Punks, and Goths

Chapter 4: Rappers, Hip-Hoppers, and Gangstas

Chapter 5: The Future of Youth

Notes
Index
Acknowledgements

Marcel Danesi

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His main research interests are semiotic theory and youth culture. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.

Sign, Thought, and Culture, The Sign in Theory and Practice, Imaginative Basis of Thought and Culture, Geeks, Goths, and Gangstas, Language, Society, and Culture, Language, Society, and Culture: Exercise and Activity Manual, Linguistic Anthropology, Messages, Signs, and Meaning, 3rd Edition, From Flappers to Rappers

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"Marcel Danesi, like Dante's Virgil, is a wise and knowledgeable guide to the strange world of youth subcultures, the codes that animate them, and the impact of new technologies upon them. Informed by sympathy and understanding and drawing upon theories by psychologists, sociologists, and numerous culture theorists, he offers a superbly written study of the evolution of numerous youth cultures and their impact upon society and culture."
—  Arthur Asa Berger, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University

"Marcel Danesi, like Dante's Virgil, is a wise and knowledgeable guide to the strange world of youth subcultures, the codes that animate them, and the impact of new technologies upon them. Informed by sympathy and understanding and drawing upon theories by psychologists, sociologists, and numerous culture theorists, he offers a superbly written study of the evolution of numerous youth cultures and their impact upon society and culture."

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