Dean G. Blevins



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Class Texts 1) Web-based Publications: Chapman R. Clark, “Entering Their World: A Qualitative Look at the Changing Face of Contemporary Adolescence,” Journal of Youth Ministry (Fall 2002) available on-line (3/13/2006) at Read also the five part seminar on Qualitative Research courtesy Don Ratcliff (3/14/2006) at (apx. 25 pages). 2) Patricia Hersch, A Tribe Apart: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence (New York: Ballentine Books Readers Companion, 1999), 379 pages; and Christian Smith, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (London: Oxford Press, 2005) 271 pages, appendices optional. NOTE: Hersch and Smith are the primary texts but please read Thomas Hine, The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager (New York: Avon Books, 1999; 315 pages) if you have read either Hersch or Smith for a different class. Regardless bring your copies of Hersch and Smith to class (we will discuss both texts at some point during class). 3) Pete Ward, God at the Mall: Youth Ministry that Meets Kids Where They are At (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999), 160 pages. 4) David White, Practicing Discernment with Youth (Cleveland: The Pilgram Press, 2005), 209 pages. 5) For an audio resources that supports the class, see audio interviews with Christian Smith and special journals like Youth Culture & the Church with Mardi Keyes & Pastor Mark DeVries from the Mars Hill Audio Journal:

Publication Date

January 2006


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, SUM06, KY, YM665, Wilmore



YM 665 Youth Culture and Trends