||0813522560 From Publishers Weekly Compared to their 1960s counterparts, contemporary college students have been described as selfish, greedy, apathetic and unconcerned with higher ideals. But the truth, Loeb (Nuclear Culture) asserts, is more complicated. Interweaving insightful analyses of major social and political shifts during recent decades with anecdotal personal histories of dozens of students at more than 100 campuses in 30 states, Loeb asserts reasons for the apparent apathy of this generation and finds that activism is still important for college students. Although he writes from a partisan viewpoint, plainly believing that more students should be politically involved, the author sympathetically treats even those subjects who are not, while exploring the various social and economic pressures that have prevented many from taking activist stands. Replacing a facile stereotype of a self-centered generation with a more complex portrait of a diverse group of individuals facing a host of both personal and systemic challenges, this study is revisionist social history at its best. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.