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Raymond Montemayor

In: Adolescent Diversity in Ethnic, Economic, and Cultural Contexts

Chapter 1: Paths to Adulthood: Adolescent Diversity in Contemporary America

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Paths to Adulthood: Adolescent Diversity in Contemporary America
Paths to adulthood: Adolescent diversity in contemporary America
RaymondMontemayor

It used to be that adolescents in the United States were a fairly homogeneous group, and they were thought of that way. When we were a less diverse nation, adolescents—as portrayed in the media or as social science research participants—were typically White, middleclass, suburban, and from a nondescript Western European background. Other kinds of adolescents lived in America, but their numbers were small, and their lives unfolded on streets rarely visited by the majority of Americans. Occasionally, stories about kids who were poor or Black appeared on the front pages to remind the majority that the United States was more than they knew, but these youth lived on the periphery ...

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