Marcel Danesi, My son is an alien: A cultural portrait of
today's youth. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. Pp.
240, Pb $22.95.
Marcel Danesi's My son is an alien is a concise,
informative guide for parents and teachers seeking to understand
adolescent behavior. In what is largely a descriptive account of the
teenage experience, the author touches on a range of topics from
adolescent sex to gang involvement and drug abuse. Danesi and his research
assistants interviewed 200 young people in nine North American cities
between 1999 and 2002 to explore their attitudes toward sex, music, drugs,
school, and a range of other subjects. The participants ranged in age from
12 to their early 20s and were evenly divided along gender lines and among
early, middle, and late teens.