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From Flappers to Rappers

The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture

by (author) Marcel Danesi

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Popular Culture, Children's Studies
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    Apr 2018
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Adopting a historical-critical perspective, From Flappers to Rappers traces the origins of youth in the Roaring Twenties, a distinct form of culture that was revived by the rock and roll rebels of the 1950s, to an increasingly inclusive Digital era at the turn of the 21st century. Positioning youth culture as a 20th century social experiment that is coming to an end, Marcel Danesi discusses the various musically-defined eras that saw rise to hippie culture, punk, disco, and the hip-hop movement, among other social groups. The chapters explore how these generations were instrumental in the fight against racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual repression. This accessible book analyzes how society is evolving in an age of globalization and new technologies that threaten youth culture, and questions what this shift implies for the world today. This textbook is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.


  • includes an accompanying workbook for students
  • timely content that is relevant internationally
  • features sections on iconic artists such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles

About the author

MARCEL DANESI teaches on the history of puzzles at Victoria College of the University of Toronto. Danesi has written puzzles for Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, and also maintains a blog on puzzles for Psychology Today. He has also published several best-selling puzzle books, such as The Total Brain Workout and The Complete Brain Workout.

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Editorial Reviews

“This is a fun and engaging overview of the rise, evolution, and potential demise of youth culture. One of the major strengths of the book is its interdisciplinary approach to understanding the evolution of youth culture against the changing social conditions of the various eras from the 1920s to the present day.”

Geoffrey Stewart, Department of History, University of Western Ontario

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