Our Last Minority: Youth

Benedict, Ruth
February 1941
New Republic;2/24/41, Vol. 104 Issue 8, p271
Focuses on the American youth today. Contribution of anthropology in breaking down the old reliance on a universal category called adolescent problems; Dogma of young people growing up to be Zulus and Apaches and Samoans; View that in the U.S. today, the character of youth seems like that of its elders; View that American youth want to be independent, and having a job means to them the passport to participation and achievement in American life; Unrest among the present day youth; Activities of the youth organizations; View that if young people boo a measure of public policy, and their elders commend it, their virtues and vices are different; View that lack of consonance between virtues fostered in a society and social orders which frustrate these virtues is one of the common tragedies that can befall a nation.


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