Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner by Professor Nikki Jones

By Professor Nikki Jones

With an outward gaze keen on a greater destiny, among stable and Ghetto displays the social international of internal urban African American women and the way they deal with threats of non-public violence.

Drawing on own encounters, traditions of city ethnography, Black feminist proposal, gender stories, and feminist criminology, Nikki Jones supplies readers a richly descriptive and compassionate account of ways African American ladies negotiate faculties and neighborhoods ruled by means of the so-called ''code of the street''--the type of highway justice that governs violence in distressed city components. She unearths the a number of options they use to navigate interpersonal and gender-specific violence and the way they reconcile the gendered dilemmas in their early life. Illuminating struggles for survival inside of this team, among strong and Ghetto encourages others to maneuver African American ladies towards the heart of discussions of ''the crisis'' in bad, city neighborhoods.

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But the perceived positive contributions individual young men involved in the local drug market may make to their neighborhoods are offset by the street violence that accompanies the drug trade. As a result, relationships between the young Black men and boys who hang out on the corners and neighborhood residents are tenuous. Some adolescent girls may relate to certain of the men on the corner as big brothers or as fatherlike figures. Other neighborhood residents may even express their frustration with a social structure that has limited young men’s ability to envision opportunities for making a living outside of the drug trade.

She lived in one of the neighborhoods included in the VRP’s target area and could walk to some home visits. During our conversation, which took place in one of the hospital’s conference rooms, I asked Tracey whether there were girls in the project. She said that there were. In fact, at that time, she said, her entire caseload was made up of girls. Most of the girls she counseled entered the emergency room with cuts or bruises from fights at school. I asked Tracey what the girls she worked with were fighting about.

Taken together, these stories highlight important aspects of the social world of inner-city girls and help us to better understand how those who care for these girls manage the chaos that too often characterizes their lives. The Urban Terrain: School, the Block, and the Corner Like that of other adolescent girls in America, the social world of the inner-city girl is significantly shaped by her interactions and experiences in a few key settings, most notably, her home, her school, and her neighborhood.

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