The Multiracial Urban High School: Fearing Peers and Trusting Friends

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

bySusan Rakosi Rosenbloom

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From 1996-2000, thirty minority teenagers (African American, Chinese American, Puerto Rican American, and Dominican American) were interviewed every year for four years to investigate how their experiences in high school shaped their social relationships.

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From 1996-2000, thirty minority teenagers (African American, Chinese American, Puerto Rican American, and Dominican American) were interviewed every year for four years to investigate how their experiences in high school shaped their social relationships.

Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drew University in Madison, N.J. She completed two years of public service with AmeriCorps as a doctoral student at New York University (PhD. Sociology). After graduating from the State University of New York at Binghamton, she worked in the New York City and Yonkers, N.Y....
Format:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8.46 × 5.59 × 0.63 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230622011

ISBN - 13:9780230622012

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Table of Contents

Rethinking High School as a Relational Journey * Immigrant Dream and/or Educational Delusion? * “It’s a Bad School Because of the Kids” * Longitudinal Case Studies of Friendship Patterns: Isidora, Reginald Mei Ling, and Lena * Racial and Ethnic Discrimination among Peer Groups * The Trappings of School Choice in a Neighborhood School * Conclusion: Politicizing Peer Relationships

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“This original, important, and highly readable book analyzes the consequences of a school choice program on students’ friends, feelings, and fears in a multiracial school with many immigrant children. One of Rosenbloom’s new insights is how the loss of trust, belonging, and connection with peers is a hidden cost of academically failing schools. She builds her analysis around the central preoccupation of adolescents, namely friends and peer relations, but situates it within a larger context of educational policy and social justice issues.”--Caroline Hodges Persell, Professor of Sociology, New York University“Rosenbloom’s book is an important contribution to the literature on peer groups in the U.S. because it focuses on how peer groups shape students’ friendships in a multiracial urban high school. In contrast, many previous studies focus on suburban high schools. Importantly, Rosenbloom points out that while very few white students attend “Last Choice High School,” the students’ understandings of their peers are shaped by the overarching contexts of a school, school system, and society structured by white domination and white privilege. Rosenbloom balances fine-grained accounts of student life within schools with structural analyses of how these interactions are shaped by education policies that will help educators and policymakers understand the broader implications of her findings.”-- Jeanne M. Powers, Associate Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University