America's War on Adolescents? Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

America's War on Adolescents?
A critical analysis of Mike Males' argument in "The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents".
# 116159 | 886 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 30, 2009 in Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Criminology (General) , Aging (General)

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The paper discusses Males' argument in "The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents" that America's "delinquent class" of adolescents can be directly attributed to America's elderly, who take up the large public funding that America's youth needs and also uses the young in order to attain their level of comfort. The paper explains Males' contention that fundamentally the system we occupy is flawed because it is adult centric, with adults blaming the adolescents for society's growing problems. The paper calls into question the credibility of the author by showing how the book is biased and is merely opinion based rather than evidence based.

From the Paper:

"Mike Male's book, The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents, is at the height of controversy over its purported theme that adolescents are our society's scapegoats. He argues that while adolescents are widely accused by many of drug abuse, cigarette addiction, sexual irresponsibility and an ever increasing crime rates, these allegations are in facts myths that have come from political constructions and negative media portrayals rather than the truth. These adult mediums attempt to blame adolescents for the problems endemic in American society rather than looking at themselves as the root cause of so much strife within our nation. His book is an account of America through the critical lenses of cause and effect rather than result oriented dissection. The questions it answers within are associated with the root causes of adolescent disorders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Monroe, Mike Males. The Scapegoat Generation. America's War on Adolescents. Maine: Common Courage Press, 1996.

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