Chicana Adolescents

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An examination of the cultural values of working class Chicana adolescents with an emphasis on the social, political, and economic factors that shape these cultural values. This book addresses a gap in the literature on youth gangs and youth culture by examining the motivations and issues of gang affiliation, teen pregnancy, and academic failure from the point-of-view of teenage girls. Furthermore, the book emphasizes female participation in gangs as well as the impact that gangs have on non- participating adolescents. The author also discusses how current public policy is based on erroneous assumptions associated with the culture of poverty model.

This book attempts to explain what appears to be self-defeating behavior of many Chicana adolescents. It explores the logic underlying their life choices and examines the connection between these choices and larger social processes. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty in ethnic studies, multicultural studies, Hispanic Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies. In addition social service professionals and related professionals will find it helpful.

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Editorial Reviews

Provides a socio-cultural examination of family, education, sexuality, identity, gang culture, and other issues, based on the author's detailed study of dozens of Chicana adolescents in a working-class neighborhood in southern California. Throughout, the author integrates recent scholarship and offers sympathetic insight into the lives of Latina adolescents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961541
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

LISA C. DIETRICH received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1996. She is presently preparing to relocate to Santiago, Chile with her husband and son to continue her research.

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Table of Contents

A Note about Vocabulary
1 Introduction 1
2 The Pragmatics of Culture 5
3 Setting and Methodology 10
4 The Girls in the "Hood" 21
5 Machismo and Femeninidad: Family Patterns in the Varrio 28
6 Bitches, 'Ho's, and Schoolgirls: Peer Culture and Patterns of Behavior 40
7 Sex and Love 56
8 Chicanas and Schooling 78
9 Girls and Gangs 107
10 Las Surenas Locas: The Homegirls of Varrio Granos 126
11 Conclusion 156
Epilogue 159
Bibliography 161
Index 175
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