Adults Fear Leisure Because They Lose Control of the Culture of their Offspring

In part, adults feared youth leisure because it symbolized rapid change and the inability of parents to control the culture of their o1spring, which seemed to be dominated by commercial entertainment. Commercialized youth leisure grew impressively during and after World War II. Parents away as soldiers or o1 at work lost control over their o1spring, and increased afluence encouraged commercialized play. In the 1950s, new technologies like the 45 rpm record and the transistor radio were quickly adapted by the young to declare their independence. While males dominated these “deviant” cultures and became the focus of early studies, more recent scholarship looks also at the consumer culture of girls, especially that coalescing around their magazines. Despite repeated e1orts, adults found it diKcult to control the youth culture. As James Gilbert shows, middle-class parents feared that their children were adopting minority or working-class pleasures, as they sometimes were. Many so-called “moral panics” were eventually resolved when adults embraced at least part of the innovation of the youth culture, for example, rock music and dancing by the early 1960s.

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 Play in America from Pilgrims and Patriots to Kid Jocks and Joystick Jockeys
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Cross, Gary , Play in America from Pilgrims and Patriots to Kid Jocks and Joystick Jockeys, Journal of Play, Vol 1, Issue 1, Retrieved on 2021-02-28
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