When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: t/c

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 4, 2009 - Social Science - 464 pages
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A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Based on an unprecedented eighteen-year study, the center of this riveting book are three engaging streetwise brothers who provide powerful testimony to the exigencies of life lived on the social and economic margins. With profound lessons regarding the intersection of social forces and individual choices, Black succeeds in putting a human face on some of the most important public policy issues of our time.
 

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User Review  - anderson37 - LibraryThing

A brilliant, passionate, eloquent, absorbing work of sociology. Black tells the story of three Puerto Rican brothers growing up in Springfield, Mass., showing us how their lives are shaped by social ... Read full review

WHEN A HEART TURNS ROCK SOLID: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A sociologist examines the lives of marginalized Puerto Rican youths in Springfield, Mass., connecting their stories to the economic, cultural and political factors that shaped them.Black (Sociology ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
PEOPLE IN THE BOOK
PART ONESocial Marginalization
ONEI Am a Jíbaro but I Get My Hair Cut in the City
TWOThe Lost Generation
THREEBilingual Education and the School Dropout
FOURThe Tail of the Drug Trade
PART TWOJobs
SEVENTransitions
PART THREELiving Through the Urban Drug War
EIGHTThe Prison Pipeline
NINERebel Without a Cause
TENWhen a Heart Turns Rock Solid
ELEVENGood and Bad
Conclusion
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FIVEThe Block
SIXLeaving the Streets
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Timothy Black is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, where he directs the Center for Social Research. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut.


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