Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence
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Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence

by Nikki Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081354615X

ISBN-13: 9780813546155

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546155
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Series in Childhood Studies
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
496,827
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction i

1 The Social World of Inner-City Girls 20

2 "It's Not Where You Live, It's How You Live": When Good Girls Fight 46

3 "Ain't I a Violent Person!": Understanding Gid Fighters 74

4 "Love Make You Fight Crazy": Gendered Violence and Inner-City Girls 107

Conclusion: The Other Side of the Crisis 151

Appendix: A Reflection on Field Research and the Politics of Representation 163

Notes 183

References 195

Index 203

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