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Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood Hardcover – April, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0304339549 ISBN-10: 0304339547

 
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304339547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304339549
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
'Arrested Development' is a brilliant critique of the relationship between popular culture and today's society. Politicians with little to offer in the way of vision, turn to popular culture to try and look for a dynamism that they haven't got.
Calcutt's book exposes the superficiality of this embrace and the divisive consequences it has for today's society. The author also writes with great honesty about his own forays into pop culture and all of it's follies which many of us have fallen for in our youth.
The book puts forward the case for adulthood in an environment where it appears more desirable to remain a Peter Pan character espousing throwaway 'popstar' type attitudes rather than develop the critical faculties and reflective capabilities that come with maturity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Chesnut on November 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was hoping for some insight into the reasons behind what appears to be an increasingly narcissistic attitude behind modern culture. Instead I found a frustrated pop star wannabe who rails at everyone and everything that prevented him from becoming a superstar. Calcutt is not a sociologist and this book prooves it. Rather, he comes across more like a pulp writer hacking away at a tell-all.
While there may be a shred of value in this poorly written attempt at explaining modern culture's woes, readers would be better served to look into James Cote's work, Arrested Adulthood.
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