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Youth as Sociocultural Systems in American Society


by Thomas J. La Belle - 1974

In the following pages it is suggested that a subsociety of youth is unique to cultures which emphasize age-graded criteria and where institutional, technological, and ideological aspects of culture change rapidly. This age grading and rapid change compel youths to rely upon others with similar perceptions and interests, thus forming separate sociocultural systems. It is the shared traits and status characteristics emerging from these interest groups among youth which is here referred to as a youth subsociety.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 6, 1974, p. 78-99
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19438, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:44:14 AM

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  • Thomas La Belle
    University of California, Los Angeles
    THOMAS J. LA BELLE is a professor at the School of Education of UCLA.
 
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