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Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools and the Culture of Consumption

Methodology: This book describes why teens behave the way they do, not how. There were two sources of primary American data: the first included 304 descriptions of high schools and their status structures written by 300 college students, average paper was about 7,150 words. The second source consisted of observations in a single high school (fall of 1997 until May 1999). The observations were conducted during the school lunch period, at public events and the junior/senior proms. The observers were undergraduate university students enrolled in a course that focused on high school status systems. This source defines teens as age 14-18.