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Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence Paperback – March 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0814756980 ISBN-10: 0814756980 Edition: First Printing

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Printing edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814756980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814756980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege . . . she does a great job at showing how large societal forces have very real, individual, and private consequences.”
-Feminist Review

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“In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods.”
-QBR,The Black Book Review



“The result of Miller’s information lode is a sometimes uplifting book. It is possible for government and private-sector programs to alleviate the violence against females, Miller believes—but not if those in charge lack the will and refuse to allocate the resources.”
-St. Louis Post Dispatch

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“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege.”
-Feminist Review

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“Miller gives us a detailed examination of the violence experienced by Black inner city girls whose victimization is based on multiple dimensions of their lives: because they are Black, because they live in extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods, and because they are women. Miller’s careful, rich, detailed field work documents and analyzes the complex realities of these young women’s lives that set the context for the struggles they routinely contend with. The voices of these young people have been ignored for too long. Getting Played has given them an opportunity to be heard that is long overdue.”
-Robert Crutchfield,University of Washington

About the Author

Jody Miller is Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender and recipient of the 2001 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dante B. Gatmaytan on July 21, 2009
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Jody Miller, an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, set out to provide an analysis of violence against young women in urban communities. Her study considers the perspectives of the youth on violence and gender and documents, in gripping and often harrowing detail, the circumstances and patterns of behaviors. It also attempts to analyze the ideas that both young girls and boys use to explain their behavior.

Getting Played is a carefully crafted study that used multiple methodologies and a comparative research design. The study collected data from various sources: in-depth interviews with young African Americans in disadvantaged St. Louis neighborhoods, surveys with these youths, and supplemental information on the characteristics of the neighborhoods.

The study is comparative in two ways: First, the study interviewed both young women and young men about their perceptions of and exposure to violence against young women. Interviews with females and males allow for gender based comparisons, which provided an opportunity to examine similarities and differences across gender in the respondents' ideologies about gender and their interpretations of incidents of violence against women.

Second, the study included both female and male youths, who were engaged in ongoing serious delinquency as well as youths from the same communities who were not.

Miller studied African American youths because she wanted to fill a vacuum in the literature that tends to overlook adolescent girls (young African American women in particular), especially those living in highly distressed urban neighborhoods.
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This book helped me understand the many facets of gendered violence that I oftentimes hear about among female youth work with. Miller's cogent description of the sexual violence and harassment experienced in the setting where she works and the lack of acknowledgement among the girls to recognize structural factors related to this violence is a point too few scholars write about in similar work. It is a sympathetic analysis of the challenges faced in these types of communities and potential solutions to address these issues. I wish I read this sooner!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Johnson on October 8, 2013
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Had to get this book for a graduate class. It was an easy read. Probably wouldn't read it on my own time, but it served its purpose.
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