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In the book Teenage Troubles Julian Tanner covers an array of topics based on the problems of deviant youths These topics or theories are important to get a complete understanding of the problems that youths and our society must deal with One must realize that because of its complexity there is no perfect solution Deviance is a necessary function of society For us to find some order we must organize the laws and its preceding punishment so that every deviant can fit into a specific category Studying deviance which can be defined as a person who breaks institutionalized expectations of appropriate culturally defined behavior is not an easy task It is important not only to study the subjects of such norm-violating behavior but also the way society views those subjects Tanner integrates many themes into his book such as the media moral panic and its history behavioral deviance statistics studies of deviance the subcultural labelling control and resistance theories delinquency in schools female deviance and problems under the Young Offenders Act When it comes to knowledge about youth and deviance society often receives only the broad picture painted by the media that only portrays what the author deems relevant to capture its readers attention The media as well as society views youth as wearing strange clothes having strange hair listening to inappropriate music hanging out in groups and pursuing the wrong interests This leads to moral panic p 8 The panic is a fear of an increase of young deviants on the streets doing these deviant things in the process of corrupting or harming normal citizens This assumption about youth leads to an outward look at a society that is viewed to be breaking down and bringing with it an unsafe future By looking back this fear has been held for centuries and the view is that youth is just not as innocent and as moral as they used to be This statement should be
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