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NCJ Number: 157292 Find in a Library
Title: Identity and Inner-City Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender
Editor(s): S B Health; M W McLaughlin
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 250
Sponsoring Agency: Teachers College Press
New York, NY 10027
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8077-3252-4
Sale Source: Teachers College Press
Teachers College
Columbia University
1234 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These nine papers examine the local clubs and youth groups that serve inner-city youths through rituals, processes, and structures that enable them to build their identities, know that they have choices, and understand that they can help decide what it takes to make the choices necessary to create the terms of their own existence.
Abstract: The papers combine the perspectives of humanism and social science to consider why the ethnic and gender identities of past decades can no longer provide the support these youths need in their daily lives. They address several issues, including collaboration across organizations, the role of gangs in social control, and the historical roles of ethnicity and gender in youth organizations. They also describe frames for identity that extend beyond ethnicity and gender and point out the dichotomies that persist between the way that policymakers perceive urban youth and the reality of these youths' everyday lives. Individual papers focus on the roles of the community, neighborhood, family, peer groups, religious institutions, and youth groups; the ways in which dance groups shape their environments as supportive families; the life of gangs of several ethnic groups; the youth groups of white middle- class families; similarities among youth organizations at the level of their linkages; and policies and other changes needed for youth organizations to be effective with urban youth. Figure, chapter notes and reference lists, and index (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Gang Prevention; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning; Youth development; Youth groups
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