An "e;energetic,"e; "e;provocative,"e; and "e;much-needed"e; investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among middle-class American teenagers ("e;Los Angeles Times"e;)
In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed sociologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie draws on years of interviews to offer a profound investigation of what has gone wrong for so many "e;mainstream"e; American adolescents. Rejecting such predictable answers as TV violence, permissiveness, and inherent evil, Currie links this crisis to a pervasive "e;culture of exclusion"e; fostered by a society in which medications trump guidance and a punitive "e;zero tolerance"e; approach to adolescent misbehavior has become the norm. Broadening his inquiry, he dissects the changes in middle-class life that stratify the world into "e;winners"e; and "e;losers,"e; imposing an extraordinarily harsh culture and not just on kids.
Vivid, compelling, and deeply empathetic, "e;The Road to Whatever"e; is a stark indictment of a society that has lost the will or the capacity to care."e;