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Act Your Age! A Cultural Construction of Adolescence


reviewed by Gary Alan Fine 2002

coverTitle: Act Your Age! A Cultural Construction of Adolescence
Author(s): Nancy Lesko
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415928346 , Pages: 288, Year: 2001
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Contradictions abound. Progressive scholars, such as Nancy Lesko find themselves torn. . . torn between the desire to see life as nothing more than a cultural construction and a desire to enforce a set of moral standards. They construct the world according to their politics, while we respond to truth and justice. This tension forces us to question how best to assess images of adolescence. Are there absolute standards by which we judge the moral probity of images of youth? For instance, if race is a cultural construction, a point that Lesko emphasizes in Act Your Age! (p. 12), is racism as well? To adhere to the constructionist view that Lesko embraces in part of the book is to undercut the stern moral tone found elsewhere. One cannot, at least in theory, undercut the possible legitimacy of the embedded perspectives of one's opponents, without doing the same to one's own perspectives. It is unanalyzed contradiction that forces us to suspect Lesko's project. To allege that writers... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 916-919
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10811, Date Accessed: 4/28/2017 11:30:18 PM

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