Canal Town Youth: Community Organization and the Development of Adolescent Identity

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SUNY Press, 2001 - Education - 163 pages
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This book considers how impoverished youth living in a deindustrialized urban neighborhood struggle to make sense of their lives in today s economy. Using participant observation and in-depth interviews with a group of eighteen white middle school girls and boys who walk each day from their multi-ethnic bilingual school to the historically white/Irish community center, the author discovered that the poor white youth are experiencing lives saturated with domestic violence and marked by a strong sense of racism. She also found that the youth position the community center as a space in which they feel a sense of safety, belonging, and importance. But upon closer examination, the community center can also be seen as a literal white construction site, where the scaffolding that supports and sustains white supremacist ideology is produced and encouraged within children, within the neighborhood, across communities, and across generations."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Entering the World of Canal Town
27
Canal Town Girls
37
Canal Town Boys
59
The Bilingual School
81
The Canal Town Community Center
107
Youth and the future
139
NOTES
147
REFERENCES
153
INDEX
161
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Julia Hall teaches at Buffalo State College.

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