Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling by Horace R. Hall, Andrea Brown-Thirston
Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling focuses on a range of social phenomenon that impact the lives of adolescent females of color. The authors highlight the daily challenges that African-American, Chicana, and Puerto Rican teenage girls face with respect to peer and family influences, media stereotyping, body image, community violence, pregnancy, and education. The authors also emphasize the incredible resiliency that young women possess in countering many of the social barriers confronting them. This work attempts to communicate the often hushed voices of girls of color, for the purpose of understanding their views on life experiences and how they negotiate social and cultural mores. In company with their perspectives are the authors' analyses guided by their years of teaching and mentoring experiences, as well as contemporary research literature from the fields of education, counseling, psychology, nursing, and anthropology. Practical strategies are also offered for those professionals assisting adolescent girls of color in and outside of schools.
Horace R. Hall, Ph. D. is assistant professor at DePaul University in the department of Educational Policy Studies and Research. He is also the founder and co-director of the school-based youth mentoring program R.E.A.L. (Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership), which is designed to engage young people in critical thinking and social activism. Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston earned her bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University and her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently chief academic officer for the Chicago International Charter School Network.
Table of Contents
1 I. GIRLS WILL BE WOMEN 2 II. IS IT REAL OR IS IT MEDIA? 3 III. GIRLS WILL BE BOYS 4 IV. A FAMILY AFFAIR 5 V. THE POWER OF (MIS)EDUCATION 6 VI. IS THERE A PLACE FOR ME? 7 VII. CONCLUSION