Teenage by Jon Savage
The Creation of Youth Culture

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From the author of the critically acclaimed England’s Dreaming, a landmark cultural history of youth

Teenagers—as we have come to define them—were not, award-winning author Jon Savage tells us, born in the 1950s of rockers and Beatniks, when most histories would begin. Rather, the teenager as icon can be traced back to the 1890s, when the foundations for the new century were laid in urban youth culture.

Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture is a monumental cultural history that charts the spread of the American ideal of youth through England and Europe and around the world. From Peter Pan to Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank to the Wizard of Oz, Savage documents youth culture’s development as a commodity and an industry from the turn of the last century to its current driving force in the global economy. Fusing film, music, literature, diaries, fashion, and art, this epic cultural history is an astonishing and surprising chronicle of modern life sure to appeal to pop culture fans, social history buffs, and anyone who has ever been a teenager.

 

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aCompulsive reading . . . Teenage is a rich, rewarding book that makes an important contribution to cultural history.a aCamille Paglia, "The New York Times Book Review" aResonant . . . Savage explores . . . [an] array of teenager types, from the wild, sensational precursors to juvenile delinquency to the straight-laced good-citizen proto-preppie. Itas Savageas claim to being a great historian, and itas mighty convincing.a a"The Onion
 
Published April 19, 2007 by Viking Adult. 576 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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they were the harbingers of a new intermediate state that as yet had no name.” Savage then follows the twists and turns of youth culture through seven decades, examining urban gangs, the Boy Scouts, socialist and religious youth groups, young soldiers embittered by their role as cannon fodder in ...

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Swing helped end segregation: not only were swing crowds racially mixed, but large jazz orchestras “integrated a decade before sport or military organizations.” Savage heralds the arrival, in 1944, of Seventeen, a fashion and pop magazine targeted to high school girls, as a landmark crystalizatio...

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How adolescence was invented, starting in the 19th century.

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Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 by Jon Savage Chatto & Windus £20, pp576 The word 'teenager', it is claimed, entered mass currency in 1944.

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The Guardian

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Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 by Jon Savage 549pp, Chatto & Windus, £20 For a certain kind of British writer, teenagers and their tribes and customs have long been an obsession.

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The most surprising thing about Jon Savage's new book may be the impetus behind it.

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Open Book Society

I know the novella is more short story than novel length but I would have liked more of an explanation to what happened to Anthony’s missing friend or what was going on with Anthony.

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New York Magazine

And though today’s youth culture may seem a little shopworn, after reading Teenage, with its deluded young legions and doomed heroes and dead-end kids, one doesn’t want to think about what it would take to overthrow it.

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New York Magazine

According to Jon Savage in his new book, Teenage, one of the first places the modern teenager appeared was as a pervy gleam in the eye of British author J.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

In fact, rather than submitting to this set of arranged marriages, Danaus arms his daughters with knives, and tells them they must kill their newly minted husbands on their wedding night.

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