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Teen Spirit: How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World

Paul Howe


This book offers a novel and provocative perspective on how we came to be living in an age of political immaturity and social turmoil. The book argues it's because a teenage mentality has slowly gripped the adult world. It contends that many features of how we live today — some regrettable, others beneficial — can be traced to the emergence of a more defined adolescent stage of life in the early twentieth century, when young people started spending their formative, developmental years with peers, particularly in formal school settings. The book shows how adolescent qualities have slowly seeped ... More

Keywords: political immaturity, social turmoil, adulthood, adolescence, Generation Me, creativity, diversity, tolerance, impulsivity, civic reengagement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749827
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Howe, author
University of New Brunswick