Kid Culture: Hot New Genre

Books on youth culture are the new bestsellers as adults attempt to understand the conflicts and influences confronting today’s kids. But social critics claim that ‘youth profiling’ and juvenile navel-gazing exploits youngsters and is sending the wrong messages. Authors debate the pros and cons.
Abby Ellin, author, Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In on Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can’t) Help
Alissa Quart, author, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers; Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child
Dave Marcus, author, What it Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get Into Trouble and How Four of Them Got Out
Lauren Sandler, author, Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement
Maia Szalavitz, author, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts KidsCatherine Orenstein, culture critic; author, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked (moderator)
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