Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture among Inner-City Boys

Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture among Inner-City Boys

by David J. Harding
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226316653

ISBN-13: 9780226316659

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

For the middle class and the affluent, local ties seem to matter less and less these days, but in the inner city, your life can be irrevocably shaped by what block you live on. Living the Drama takes a close look at three neighborhoods in Boston to analyze the many complex ways that the context of community shapes the daily lives and long-term prospects of

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For the middle class and the affluent, local ties seem to matter less and less these days, but in the inner city, your life can be irrevocably shaped by what block you live on. Living the Drama takes a close look at three neighborhoods in Boston to analyze the many complex ways that the context of community shapes the daily lives and long-term prospects of inner-city boys.

David J. Harding studied sixty adolescent boys growing up in two very poor areas and one working-class area. In the first two, violence and neighborhood identification are inextricably linked as rivalries divide the city into spaces safe, neutral, or dangerous. Consequently, Harding discovers, social relationships are determined by residential space. Older boys who can navigate the dangers of the streets serve as role models, and friendships between peers grow out of mutual protection. The impact of community goes beyond the realm of same-sex bonding, Harding reveals, affecting the boys' experiences in school and with the opposite sex. A unique glimpse into the world of urban adolescent boys, Living the Drama paints a detailed, insightful portrait of life in the inner city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226316659
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
446,151
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Social Organization of Violence in Poor Neighborhoods 27

3 Neighborhood Violence, Peer Relationships, and Institutional Distrust 68

4 Neighborhood Social Attachment 108

5 The Cultural Context of Disadvantaged Neighborhoods 132

6 Cultural Heterogeneity Romantic Relationships, and Sexual Behavior 162

7 Cultural Heterogeneity and Education 204

8 Conclusion 239

Appendix: Fieldwork Methodology 253

Notes 271

References 293

Index 305

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