Youth Cultures in America

by Simon J. Bronner and Cindy Dell Clark, Editors


Youth culture is much more than a monolithic age group. It is a world unto itself.

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March 2016


Pages 821
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/General
  Current Events and Issues/Society
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What are the components of youth cultures today? This encyclopedia examines the facets of youth cultures and brings them to the forefront.

Although issues of youth culture are frequently cited in classrooms and public forums, most encyclopedias of childhood and youth are devoted to history, human development, and society. A limitation on the reference bookshelf is the restriction of youth to pre-adolescence, although issues of youth continue into young adulthood. This encyclopedia addresses an academic audience of professors and students in childhood studies, American studies, and culture studies. The authors span disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, and folklore.

The Encyclopedia of Youth Cultures in America addresses a need for historical, social, and cultural information on a wide array of youth groups. Such a reference work serves as a corrective to the narrow public view that young people are part of an amalgamated youth group or occupy malicious gangs and satanic cults. Widespread reports of bullying, school violence, dominance of athletics over academics, and changing demographics in the United States has drawn renewed attention to the changing cultural landscape of youth in and out of school to explain social and psychological problems.


  • Offers information on groups beyond the gangs the public associates with youth culture, providing definitions of suburban youth culture, survivalists and preppers, the deaf, skateboarders, Gen X, soldiers, and street kids, among others
  • Provides coverage of the expressive genres of American youth and the way they have shaped public tastes and trends, such as music, dance, fashion, tattooing, body piercing, social media, and more
  • Features an exploration of life issues for youth that have entered into the headlines—for example, bullying, cliques, rites of passage, student protest and activism, child abuse, and drugs
Author Info

Simon J. Bronner, PhD, is chair and distinguished professor of American studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. His published works include Encyclopedia of American Folklife; American Children's Folklore; Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University; and Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture. He also serves as editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies online. Bronner holds a doctorate in American studies and folklore from Indiana University.

Cindy Dell Clark, PhD, is visiting associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. Her published works include In a Younger Voice: Doing Child-centered Qualitative Research; In Sickness and In Play: Children Coping with Chronic Illness; and Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith: Children's Myths in Contemporary America. She holds a doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago.



"This resource provides a wealth of information on a topic that is not covered in great depth in other sources, thus making it a valuable addition to reference collections. This encyclopedia is recommended for academic and large public libraries."ARBA

"This reference source is an excellent starting point for scholarly investigations of youth culture. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels.'Choice


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