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Pride in the Projects Teens Building Identities in Urban Contexts

ISBN-10: 0814719929
ISBN-13: 9780814719923
Edition: 2008
Authors: Nancy L. Deutsch
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Description: This is the most powerful and original book on adolescent development I have read in recent years. Pride in the Projects is beautifully written, rigorously researched, and passionately argued. Greg Dimitriadis, author of Friendship, Cliques, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This is the most powerful and original book on adolescent development I have read in recent years. Pride in the Projects is beautifully written, rigorously researched, and passionately argued. Greg Dimitriadis, author of Friendship, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America Teens in Americas inner cities grow up and construct identities amidst a landscape of relationships and violence, support and discrimination, games and gangs. In such contexts, local environments such as after-school programs may help youth to mediate between social stereotypes and daily experience, or provide space for them to consider themselves as contributing members of a community. Based on four years of field work with both the adolescent members and staff of an inner-city youth organization in a large mid-western city, Pride in the Projects examines the construction of identity as it occurs within this local context, emphasizing the relationships within which identities are formed. Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, education, and race and gender studies, the volume highlights the inadequacies in current identity development theories, expanding our understanding of the lives of urban teens and the ways in which interpersonal connections serve as powerful contexts for self-construction. The adolescents stories illuminate how they find ways to discover who they are, and who they would like to bein positive and healthy waysin the face of very real obstacles. The book closes with implicationsfor practice, alerting scholars, educators, practitioners, and concerned citizens of the positive developmental possibilitiesinherent in youth settings when we pay attention to the voices of youth.

Nancy L. Deutsch is Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Acknowledgments
"There Are Birds in the Projects": The Ecology of Adolescent Development in Urban America
"I Give People a Lot of Respect": The Self in Interpersonal Relationships
"I Never Thought Kids Would Look Up to Someone Like Me": Lorenzo's Story
"I Can't Act Ghetto in the Ghetto No More": Self, Society, and Social Categories
"I've Never Seen Any Dark-Skinned Girls in Videos": Nicole's Story
"I Can't Lose to No Girl, Man": The Gendered Self
"Manly, Take Charge, the Head Man, the King": John's Story
"If I Never Came Here I'd Be Irresponsible, Like a Little Kid": After-School Programs as Sites of Development and Identity Construction
Methods
The Contextual Identity Interview: Protocol for Interview 1
The Contextual Identity Interview: Protocol for Interview 2
Photography Project
Coding Guidelines for Individuated versus Connected Self-Descriptors
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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