Black Youth Matters: Transitions from School to Success - Critical Youth Studies (Paperback)
  • Black Youth Matters: Transitions from School to Success - Critical Youth Studies (Paperback)

Black Youth Matters: Transitions from School to Success - Critical Youth Studies (Paperback)

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Published: 02/12/2009
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How do young black students respond, resist, and work to transform their school experience? How do young people adapt, survive, and then succeed in spite of their negative school experience? For an increasing number of marginalized black youth, the paths to social success can actually lie outside school walls.

Black Youth Matters presents a compelling, empirical picture of black youth who creatively respond to permanent school exclusion. Structural approaches to social stratification often set the terms of discussion around isolated narratives of individual "success stories." In this book, the authors intervene with a new point of view by focusing instead on collectives of broader black communities. They both engage with and move beyond structural models of stratification and education, thereby affirming the enduring importance of individual and collective aspiration-an impulse that has not been exhausted for black youth even in the face of systematic, longstanding, and overwhelming inequality. Based on long-term ethnographic research with young people permanently excluded from school, Black Youth Matters examines the resourcefulness of young black people in overcoming the process of school failure to forge more positive futures for themselves. This book should be of interest to sociologists, educators, anthropologists, policy-makers, as well as community activists.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415995122
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm


"Black Youth Matters is an important and timely volume. The authors work towards a new language around social mobility-an intellectual triumph. They give us a new angle of vision on the question of race and how it is lived today."-Greg Dimitriadis, Series Editor, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, SUNY Buffalo

"The authors do a fantastic job of giving [black] youth a voice, and they provide an excellent forum for a discussion about policies regarding school exclusion....Future studies should look to take the theoretical knowledge produced in this book and use it for creating hypotheses that can be tested and used to support the notion that excluding students from school has negative effects."-Journal of Youth and Adolescence

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