Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence / Edition 1

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Overview

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and even gang rape are not uncommon experiences for many African American girls living in poor urban neighborhoods. In Getting Played, Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of how inextricably linked such violence is to their daily lives.

Drawing from richly textured interviews with adolescent girls and boys, Miller brings a keen eye to how urban neglect and gender inequality coalesce to structure girls' risks for gendered violence. Her analysis shows how young women struggle to navigate this dangerous terrain despite vastly inadequate social and institutional support.

About the Author:
Jody Miller is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege . . . she does a great job at showing how large societal forces have very real, individual, and private consequences.”
-Feminist Review

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“In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods.”
-QBR,The Black Book Review

“The result of Miller’s information lode is a sometimes uplifting book. It is possible for government and private-sector programs to alleviate the violence against females, Miller believes—but not if those in charge lack the will and refuse to allocate the resources.”
-St. Louis Post Dispatch

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“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege.”
-Feminist Review

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“Miller gives us a detailed examination of the violence experienced by Black inner city girls whose victimization is based on multiple dimensions of their lives: because they are Black, because they live in extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods, and because they are women. Miller’s careful, rich, detailed field work documents and analyzes the complex realities of these young women’s lives that set the context for the struggles they routinely contend with. The voices of these young people have been ignored for too long. Getting Played has given them an opportunity to be heard that is long overdue.”
-Robert Crutchfield,University of Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814756980
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 543,077
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 5.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jody Miller is Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender and recipient of the 2001 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Ruth D. Peterson     ix
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xix
Perspectives on Gender and Urban Violence     1
Gender 'n the 'Hood: Neighborhood Violence against Women and Girls     32
Playin' Too Much: Sexual Harassment in School     67
Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Sexual Coercion and Violence     114
The Playa' and the Cool Pose: Gender and Relationship Violence     151
Conclusions and Recommendations     191
Study Participants     223
Notes     225
References     265
Index     285
About the Author     292
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