Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood / Edition 1

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A flurry of best-selling works has recently urged us to rescue and protect boys. They have described how boys are failing at school, acting out, or shutting down emotionally. Lost in much of the ensuing public conversation are the boys themselves—the texture of their lives and the ways in which they resist stereotypical representations of them.

Most of this work on boys is based primarily on middle class, white boys. Yet boys from poor and working class families as well as those from African American, Latino, and Asian American backgrounds need to be understood in their own terms and not just as a contrast to white or middle class boys. Adolescent Boys brings together the most up-to-date empirical research focused on understanding the development of boys from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The authors show how the contexts of boys' lives, such as the schools they attend shape their identities and relationships. The research in this book will help professionals and parents understand the diversity and richness of boys' experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The volume explores the experiences of boys who have been excluded from previous developmental research and also challenges the existing stereotypes about boys."

-NYU Today

"Brings together a coherent and consistent body of literature on a topic that is often relegated to a single chapter or afterthought in similar books and edited volumes....Adolescent Boys challenges the limited and often skewed male images perpetuated by the media, superordinant male groupings, and Western men by giving voice to adolexcent boys growing up in diverse cultures of boyhood."

-Harvard Educational Review

"Way and Judy Chu have put together an excellent book on explorations into the lives of adolescent boys. The essays are rich in diversity, not only in the populations of boys studied, but also in research methodology and theoretical perspective."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814793855
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,223,867
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Y. Chu is Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University.

Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. She is a three-time NYU Press author/editor, having written Everyday Courage and edited Adolescent Boys as well as having co-edited Urban Girls with Bonnie Leadbeater in 1996. She is also co-editor of The Experience of Close Friendship in Adolescence.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Identity Development
1 Hmong American Masculinities: Creating New Identities in the United States 13
2 Frames of Self: Capturing Working-Class British Boys' Identities through Photographs 31
3 Boys in Men's Clothing: Racial Socialization and Neighborhood Safety as Buffers to Hypervulnerability in African American Adolescent Males 59
4 A Relational Perspective on Adolescent Boy's Identity Development 78
Pt. II Family Relationships
5 Experiences of Trust with Parents: A Qualitative Investigation of African American, Latino, and Asian American Boys from Low-Income Families 107
6 Psychological Well-Being, School Adjustment, and Problem Behavior among Chinese Adolescent Boys from Poor Families: Does Family Functioning Matter? 129
7 The Role of Father Support in the Prediction of Suicidal Ideation among Black Adolescent Males 144
Pt. III Friends and Peers
8 Intimacy, Desire, and Distrust in the Friendships of Adolescent Boys 167
9 Peer Relationships among Chinese Boys: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 197
10 The Influence of Peer Experiences on Bravado Attitudes among African American Males 219
Pt. IV Sexuality and Romantic Relationships
11 Getting Close, Staying Cool: Early Adolescent Boys' Experiences with Romantic Relationships 235
12 Adolescent Boys' Heterosexual Behavior 256
13 Boy-on-Boy Sexuality 271
Pt. V Schooling
14 Immigrant Boys' Experiences in U.S. Schools 295
15 Understanding the Exceptions: How Small Schools Support the Achievement of Academically Successful Black Boys 317
16 From Preschool to Middle School: The Role of Masculinity in Low-Income Urban Adolescent Boys' Literacy Skills and Academic Achievement 338
About the Contributors 361
Index 367
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