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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
ISBN: 9781401310776
Author: Robbins, Alexandra
Publisher: Hachette Books
Published: January 2012
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Explores how group identity theories play out among high-school cliques and the students they exclude, offering insight into the ostracism of categorized students while analyzing the long-term effects of peer marginalization.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Sociology
- Social Science | Anthropology | Cultural
Library of Congress Subjects:
Students; United States; Social conditions.
School environment; United States.
Group identity; United States.
Dewey: 371.82
LCCN: 2011038496
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" L x 1.25" W
Bargain Category: Teaching Resources, Social Studies, Social Issues, Science, Reference
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Contributor Bio(s): Alexandra Robbins is a former staff member of The New Yorker and the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Chicago Tribune, Self, Washington Monthly, Time Digital, Salon, Details, Shape, PC, Tennis Week, and the Journal of Popular Culture. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Yale.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 April #1)

Robbins follows her previous book, The Overachievers: The Secret Life of Driven Kids, with this insightful and timely look at the current state of America's teenage wasteland commonly known as "high school." Robbins follows the lives of seven students across the nation with very different and unique personalities—from "the gamer" and "the band geek" to "the popular bitch" and "the new girl"—as well as interviewing hundreds of other students, teachers, and counselors from a range of public, private, urban, rural, technical, college prep, and arts schools to prove what she calls her "Quirk Theory:" that "Many of the differences that cause a student to be excluded in school are the identical traits or real-world skills that others will value, love, respect, or find compelling about that person in adulthood and outside of the school setting." Robbins's keen eye shows us how the eternal adolescent struggle between individuality and inclusion lures many students—and teachers—into a mindless "groupthink" about what is conventionally popular and acceptable behavior. At the same time, she shows how the qualities that set her subjects apart from their classmates are the same qualities that make them stand out in positive ways. She ends with an effective list of tips for parents, teachers, students, and schools on how to support and encourage students who value "original thought and expression." (May)

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