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Get Out of My Room!A History of Teen Bedrooms in America$
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Jason Reid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226409214

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226409351.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Get Out of My Room!
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Jason Reid

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226409351.003.0001

A bedroom is a teenager’s sanctuary, dressing room, dance studio, study hall, entertainment room, meeting place, therapy room, and so many other things, but mostly it is home.

CASEY CALLOWAY, TEEN BEDROOM SURVEY PARTICIPANT (2013)

Given the somewhat personal and intimate nature of the topic at hand, I’ll begin by confessing that I only began to contemplate the significance of my own teen bedroom once it was nearly wiped from existence. During my second year of university, I received a call from my mother explaining that she and my father were selling the house we had lived in for much of my teenage years. Though I was saddened at the prospect of not being able to spend one more night in my old shag-carpeted bedroom, I knew that my parents’ decision made perfect sense; my older brother and I were no longer living at home, and the new place was simply much better suited for two empty nesters like my parents. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to even see the new house before the ownership papers were signed. This bothered me somewhat, but I knew that my opinions on such matters would no longer be taken into consideration to the same extent as they were when I was still living at home. My parents, more importantly, seemed satisfied with their decision, even though they understood that their immediate future would be marked by a series of time-consuming renovation projects....

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