Murray Milner Jr. (1935–2019) was a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Virginia and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His books included the influential Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids, among many others.
“Normal” intimate relationships for teenagers have shifted toward a more explicit instrumentalism.
Have teenage friendships become more instrumental?
The greater the gap students must overcome, the less likely their expressed expectations are likely to be fulfilled.
Tests lower student morale and make them more cynical about the educational process.
New digital technologies are creating new forms of social invisibility and changing the nature of postmodern culture.
Teenagers have multiple motivations for their use of social media, but a concern about their status with other peers is certainly central—and social visibility is a prerequisite to such status.
Within the literature on elites, status tends to be relatively ignored or neglected in favor of economic and political power.