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Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence

Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence

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With an outward gaze focused on a better future, Between Good and Ghetto reflects the social world of inner city African American girls and how they manage threats of personal violence.

Drawing on personal encounters, traditions of urban ethnography, Black feminist thought, gender studies, and feminist criminology, Nikki Jones gives readers a richly descriptive and compassionate account of how African American girls negotiate schools and neighborhoods governed by the so-called "code of the street"ùthe form of street justice that governs violence in distressed urban areas. She reveals the multiple strategies they use to navigate interpersonal and gender-specific violence and how they reconcile the gendered dilemmas of their adolescence. Illuminating struggles for survival within this group, Between Good and Ghetto encourages others to move African American girls toward the center of discussions of "the crisis" in poor, urban neighborhoods.



Author: Nikki Jones
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Published: 12/01/2009
Pages: 228
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.52d
ISBN: 9780813546155

Review Citation(s):
Choice 09/01/2010
Reference and Research Bk News 02/01/2010 pg. 151
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