Caught in the Crossfire reveals how the United States has been gradually changingfrom a society that celebrates childhood into one that is hostile to and afraid ofits own children. Today kids are often seen as a threat to our social and moralvalues. In schools, some behavior is criminalized, and growing numbers of kidsfind themselves in penal and psychiatric confinement. This breakdown is oftentoo readily attributed to bad parenting, the crisis of the family, or the greed ofcapitalism.Grossberg offers a new and original understanding of the changes transformingcontemporary America, and of the choices Americans face about their future. Hedocuments the relations between ecomic ideologies and ecomic realities andexplores what is going on in the culture wars as well as on the Internet andother new media. Caught in the Crossfire argues that all of these changes and tnstruggles, including those involving the state of kids, only make sense as integralparts of a larger transformation to define America's uniqueness and to develop itsown sense of modern culture.Part of the Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy Series.
Lawrence Grossberg, the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the author of Bringing It All Back Home: Essays on Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 1997).