Background of Deviancy

by Marcia K. Freedman - 1966

There is an earnestness about social criticism that renders it unpalatable to those who are in positions of responsibility for carrying out day-to-day programs, probably because it challenges the efficacy of many program activities. It seems, therefore, the duty of the critic to point out that problem-centered discussion must, by its nature, accentuate the negative. Since this chapter seeks to present some of the data relevant to the developmental problems of adolescents in the United States, it does not deal with the functional aspects of the social structure. Obviously, such a narrow focus may seem to distort issues. By way of demurrer, the reader is asked to keep in mind that the generalizations contained in the chapter, in most cases, apply to a minority of the population. The problems described are real and urgent, but if they ever come to involve the majority of youth, the resulting social upheaval would make such relatively calm discussion all but impossible.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol. 65, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 9, 1966, p. 28-58 ID Number: 19701, Date Accessed: 4/10/2021 2:41:13 PM

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