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Gifted Tongues:
High School Debate and Adolescent Culture
Gary Alan Fine

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"Gifted Tongues offers a subtle, nuanced examination of a previously unstudied social world. It is well written, persuasively argued, and absolutely fascinating. This book will be of value to social psychologists, sociologists of culture, and to readers concerned about adolescence and education. There are also many debate coaches and legions of former debaters who, like myself, will find it interesting to discover what has happened to high school debate."--Joel Best, University of Delaware

"Alan Fine describes in rich, sociological detail the 'adolescent social world' of the high-school debater in the United States, from the mundane tasks of cutting evidence cards for debate to the highly charged atmosphere of a debate tournament. Most studies of adolescents have focused on such topics as the Columbine shootings, but it is important that we understand the nature of 'normal' adolescents outside the therapeutic or sensationalized settings. Gifted Tongues is a welcome change, one that reveals through an instructive case study some of the everyday dilemmas arising in the socialization of middle-class teens."--Jay Mechling, University of California, Davis

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