- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813521440
- ISBN-13: 978-0813521442
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,680,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus Hardcover – September 1, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Compared to their 1960s counterparts, contemporary college students have been described as selfish, greedy, apathetic and unconcerned with higher ideals. But the truth, Loeb (Nuclear Culture) asserts, is more complicated. Interweaving insightful analyses of major social and political shifts during recent decades with anecdotal personal histories of dozens of students at more than 100 campuses in 30 states, Loeb asserts reasons for the apparent apathy of this generation and finds that activism is still important for college students. Although he writes from a partisan viewpoint, plainly believing that more students should be politically involved, the author sympathetically treats even those subjects who are not, while exploring the various social and economic pressures that have prevented many from taking activist stands. Replacing a facile stereotype of a self-centered generation with a more complex portrait of a diverse group of individuals facing a host of both personal and systemic challenges, this study is revisionist social history at its best.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Readers who question the media's facile stereotypes of Generation X will find author and lecturer Loeb's probing analysis, based on years of research and interviews on more than 100 college campuses around the country, perceptive and enlightening. Thoughtfully exploring the attitudes of both apolitical and activist students, Loeb examines the core convictions--on individual power and responsibility, on human nature and history, and on the workings of U.S. society--that lead many students to declare "I'm not that kind of person" when urged to get involved, while a growing minority responds with "I had to take a stand." Loeb also sketches the changing context in which college students make those choices, addressing the roots of a growing campus activism (including economic pressures that threaten to close college doors to working-class and middle-class students); the distortions and disinformation central to a conservative attack on "political correctness"; and activist students' postcollege search for meaningful ways to maintain their commitment to the common good. A wide-ranging, insightful study of the complexities obscured by reductionist notions like "slackers" and "the MTV Generation." Mary Carroll
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