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Between Good and Ghetto

African American Girls and Inner City Violence

Nikki Jones (author) Myra Bluebond-Langner (series editor)

ISBN: 9780813546148

Publication Date: Nov 2009

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Shows the social world of inner city African American girls and how they manage threats of personal violence. This title presents an account of how African American girls negotiate schools and neighborhoods governed by the so-called 'code of the street' - the form of street justice that governs violence in distressed urban areas.
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With an outward gaze focused on a better future, "Between Good and Ghetto" reflects the social world of inner city African American girls and how they manage threats of personal violence. Drawing on personal encounters, traditions of urban ethnography, Black feminist thought, gender studies, and feminist criminology, Nikki Jones gives readers a richly descriptive and compassionate account of how African American girls negotiate schools and neighborhoods governed by the so-called 'code of the street' - the form of street justice that governs violence in distressed urban areas. She reveals the multiple strategies they use to navigate interpersonal and gender-specific violence and how they reconcile the gendered dilemmas of their adolescence. Illuminating struggles for survival within this group, "Between Good and Ghetto" encourages others to move African American girls toward the center of discussions of 'the crisis' in poor, urban neighborhoods.

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Adds invaluable information and analysis to the growing debate on the violence perpetrated by girls... the ethnographic method is exactly what is needed to further the question of whether today's girls - particularly those most marginalized due to class, race, and neighborhood - are more violent. - Joanne Belknap, author of The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, & Justice
Pages 224
Date Published 30 Nov 2009
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
Subject/s Violence in society   Gender studies: women   Urban communities  
NIKKI JONES is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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