Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence by Nikki JonesBetween Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence by Nikki Jones

Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence

byNikki Jones

Paperback | December 5, 2009

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With an outward gaze focused on a better future, Between Good and Ghetto reflects the social world of inner city African American girls and how they manage threats of personal violence.

Drawing on personal encounters, traditions of urban ethnography, Black feminist thought, gender studies, and feminist criminology, Nikki Jones gives readers a richly descriptive and compassionate account of how African American girls negotiate schools and neighborhoods governed by the so-called "code of the street"ùthe form of street justice that governs violence in distressed urban areas. She reveals the multiple strategies they use to navigate interpersonal and gender-specific violence and how they reconcile the gendered dilemmas of their adolescence. Illuminating struggles for survival within this group, Between Good and Ghetto encourages others to move African American girls toward the center of discussions of "the crisis" in poor, urban neighborhoods.

Title:Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City ViolenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081354615X

ISBN - 13:9780813546155

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Social World of Inner City Girls
2 "It's Not Where You Live, It's How You Live"
3 "Ain't I A Violent Person?"
4 "Love Make You Fight Crazy"
Conclusion: The Other Side of the Crisis
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Intellectually and emotionally evocative. Jones’s [book] is hard to put down due to her adept use of imagery and obvious passion for her work."