Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, by Jody Miller

By Jody Miller

2010 exceptional Contribution to Scholarship booklet Award from the yankee Sociological organization; Race, Gender, and sophistication Section2008 Finalist, The Society for the examine of Social difficulties C. Wright turbines Award a lot has been written in regards to the demanding situations that face city African American younger males, yet much less is expounded concerning the harsh realities for African American younger ladies in deprived groups. Sexual harassment, sexual attack, courting violence, or even gang rape aren't unusual stories. In Getting performed, sociologist Jody Miller offers a compelling photo of this dire social challenge and explores how inextricably, and tragically, associated violence is to their day-by-day lives in bad city neighborhoods.Drawing from richly textured interviews with adolescent boys and girls, Miller brings a prepared eye to the troubling realities of an international infused with possibility and gender-based violence. those ladies are remoted, overlooked, and infrequently victimized by way of these thought of friends and family. neighborhood associations resembling the police and colleges that should shield them frequently flip a blind eye, leaving women to fend for themselves. Miller attracts a vibrant photograph of the race and gender inequalities that damage those communities—and how those lead to deeply and dangerously engrained ideals approximately gender that educate youths to determine such violence—rather than the results of broader social inequalities—as deserved because of person women' fallacious characters, i.e., she deserved it. via Miller's cautious research of those attractive, usually unsettling tales, Getting performed exhibits us not just how those younger women are victimized, yet how, regardless of tremendously insufficient social aid and possibilities, they fight to navigate this risky terrain.

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I guess ’cause it’s whitely populated. Or, I don’t think that should have nothin’ to do with it, but that’s what I think. 95 In addition, even a number of the racially integrated neighborhoods were still situated within broader ecological contexts with high rates of crime. For instance, Michelle, Destiny, and Janelle described their immediate neighborhoods as quiet, but each noted that there was street action nearby. Each lived in racially heterogenous neighborhoods. Felicia described living in an area of south St.

But every weekend you gon’ hear gunshots. Stealin’—every day. Every day boys come on our block with a different stolen car that they done went over there in East St. Louis and took and bringin’ back down on our block. So they doing that, then the police chasin’ them. One striking feature of youths’ neighborhood descriptions was a subtle variation that emerged across gender. While not uniformly the case, young men were more likely to describe their neighborhoods in ways that indicated their active engagement in neighborhood life, including its more dangerous facets.

Arthur said, “I stay on the southside. Quiet. It’s not too much going on over there. We play football every Sunday, that’s about it. Play basketball together. ” Yvonne provided a detailed account of how she believed her neighborhood differed from others, focusing specifically on the restraint she felt was necessary to fit in: I stay around a lot of white folks. Rich white folks. You know, and I mean there’s a certain way we gotta act, and we can’t have a lot of noise, can’t have a lot of people hanging around our house.

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