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Slaying the Dragon: The Contemporary Struggle of Adolescent Boys- Modern Rules in an Ancient Game

Stephenson, Bret

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ISBN 10: 0976197707 / ISBN 13: 9780976197706
Edité par The Adolescent Mind, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA., 2004
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Titre : Slaying the Dragon: The Contemporary ...

Éditeur : The Adolescent Mind, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA.

Date d'édition : 2004

Reliure : Soft cover

Signé : Signed by Author

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Adults have been dealing with adolescents for tens of thousands of years all across the globe. Well before the birth of America or the birth of Christ, parents were dealing with typical adolescent issues. Why didn’t native cultures have juvenile halls, residential treatment centers, mood altering drugs, or boot camps? How did they avoid the high incidence of teen violence America is experiencing, or the amount of drugs and alcohol our teens use?

It’s not that older cultures magically avoided adolescence, but that through trial and error they came upon successful models for sculpting teen boys into healthy young men. From Aleutian Eskimos to the Polynesian Islanders, from African youth to Australian Aboriginal youth, each culture found successful ways to healthily initiate their boys into men and active community members.

Slaying the Dragon looks at universal, archetypal models of adolescence that almost all traditional cultures discovered. Older cultures did not have the luxury of wasting resources on practices with teens that did not bring a positive outcome. What’s fascinating about these models is not so much how they achieved these results, but that cultures spread across time and the planet found the same approaches. It is this universal model of working teen boys that helped older cultures avoid the high level of teen dysfunction America is struggling with today. In contrast, America seems content to continue wasting precious resources on models and programs that do not work, largely because we have the resources to waste.

Slaying the Dragon offers insight into how to rebuild these ancient practices and understandings into modern programs and families. Learn the basics of rites of passage, how youth culture was invented, how corporate America is fueling negative fashions and products for teens, and what a society with happy and healthy adolescent boys is like.

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Where the title and book concept originally came from:

While running a process group for fatherless, middle school aged boys a few years ago, I was focusing on topics of men and manhood, fathers and Father. We talked of rites of passage, how one got to be a man and what that might look like. One day, one of the 13-year-old boys, dressed in his usual all-black attire, suddenly spoke up excitedly. " What’s up," I asked. "I got it!" he exclaimed. "I know what it takes to be a man!" "What’s that," I asked curiously. "Well," he said, "you gotta slay a dragon and rescue that there fair maiden." I nodded my understanding and approval. "Dude," he continued, "there’s only one real problem with that." "And that is..." I asked. "There ain’t no dragons in Lake Tahoe in 1994."

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