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Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling Paperback – January 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1610480512 ISBN-10: 1610480511

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610480511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610480512
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity, and Schooling is essential reading for everyone working with teens or deciding policies affecting the lives of America's youth. (Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, associate professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the CUNY; author of Race, Law, and American)

Hall and Brown-Thirston present a compelling discussion on the complexities of womanhood and navigating the education system, as seen through the eyes of Latina and African American female adolescents. Their work, which addresses how race, class, and gender are inextricably linked in shaping the experiences of women of color, provides an invaluable lens for educators, parents, and mentors concerned about and committed to the educational progress among women from underrepresented backgrounds. (Frances Contreras, associate professor, University of Washington; co-author of The Latino Education Crisis; author of The Brown Paradox: Latinos an)

Horace R. Hall and Andrea Brown-Thirston present a compelling account that asks the reader to consider the constraints, challenges, and contradictions of femininity that under-served, culturally diverse teens negotiate on a daily basis. Their work further underscores the potential of caring mentors to authentically address the frequently scarring impact of gender hierarchies, exploitation, and oppression. While resilient, theirs is a call to action to engage young women in their own personal transformation. (Angela Valenzuela)

African American and Latina young women are one of the most overlooked student groups in the U.S. Drawing on research and theories in education, psychology, child development, and family studies, this book adds to the growing body of literature on how gender and racial identity shape girls' everyday experiences and educational aspirations. Using narratives of 14 young women, the authors reveal processes of resilience and agency. Understanding Teenage Girls is incredibly useful for educators and social workers working with racial and ethnic minority female students. (Venus E. Evans-Winters, assistant professor of education at Illinois State University and author of Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Education)

About the Author

Horace R. Hall, Ph. D. is assistant professor at DePaul University in the department of Educational Policy Studies and Research. He is also the founder and co-director of the school-based youth mentoring program R.E.A.L. (Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership), which is designed to engage young people in critical thinking and social activism. Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston earned her bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University and her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently chief academic officer for the Chicago International Charter School Network.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dwight G. on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Understanding Teenage Girls really hit home for me. I'm a school counselor and I see my girls acting in ways that aren't "traditionally" lady-like--you know, being seen and not heard. These girls fight and scream at you. But what really gets me is how these same girls would be suspended or kicked out for just protecting themselves against boys...and other girls! I think Horace Hall's work really gets to the heart of this issue + other topics like teen pregnancy, mentoring, and media influences. It's really well-written and brings you in--long overdue + it's helping me out BIG TIME at work :) BUY IT!
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