Pathways to Manhood: Young Black Males Struggle for Identity (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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In Pathways to Manhood, published in cloth as Strategic Styles: Coping in the Inner City, Janet Maricini Billson studies five young boys who grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, during the Intense racial and political turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Using data from Harvard's Pathways to Identity project, she analyzes how healthy ego striving develops in the social and physical decay of an Inner-city environment.

The author draws a rich and absorbing portrait of each boy and of his life. Although they grew up in the same social context, the boys became very different individuals. In a new preface to this expanded edition, Billson maintains that it is still vitally Important to understand the coping styles that young black males develop in the face of adversity.

Bernard E. Bruce traces what happened to the five boys, who are now men In their forties, in his poignant epilogue, "From Boys to Men." A new chapter on Intervention strategies shows how parents, teachers, and others who work with inner-city youth can most effectively support positive coping styles. Graphic representations help visualize both the styles and the intervention strategies.

This classic book is a valued resource for parents; for those who work in the helping professions, education, and the criminal justice system; and for students of sociological theory, social psychology, human development, and race relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560008712
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: EXP
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Manctni Billson is professor of sociology at The George Washington University and former director of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C. Author of Keepers of the Culture: The Power of Tradition in Women's Lives, she co-authored, with Richard Majors, Cool Pose: Dilemmas of Black Manhood in America.

Richard Majors, visiting fellow and scholar, David Walker Research Institute, Michigan State University, is author of The American Black Male: His Present Status and Future. He serves as deputy editor of Journal of African American Men.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the Transaction Edition
1 Strategic Styles: Individual Responses to Social Reality 1
2 The Conformist: Keith Sutton 24
3 The Retreater: Ernie Hayes 60
4 The Tough Guy: Leroy Duncan 90
5 The Actor: Dave Cooper 126
6 The Cool Guy: Hank Nelson 160
7 Toward Manhood: Growth and Change in Styles over Time 192
8 Fostering Nondeviant Styles Against the Odds: Toward a Model of Intervention Strategies 228
Epilogue 253
App. A Focal Child Interview Schedule (Time I) 263
App. B Reference Group Interview Schedule (Time I) 296
App. C Strategic Styles versus Selected Variables 316
Notes 321
References 335
Index 363
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