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intersesting subject, but just not that deep,
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This review is from: Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture among Inner-City Boys (Paperback)
A scholar interviews lower-income, Black boys and their parents in the Boston area. He learned that his subjects combine ghetto/bad and mainstream/good messages in terms of sex, schooling, neighborhood loyalty, etc. Okay, fair enough, put I don't know if I needed 200-plus pages for something that can be wrapped up in a quicker fashion.
In several books on lower-income people, the scholars compare them to a similarly-situated middle-class cohort. "No Shame in My Game" is an example. The author does the same here. The place with the higher income is Lower Mills; one has to keep reminding oneself that the "lower" in the name is in contrast to the higher income of those interviewees. After awhile, it just becomes repetitive and predictable that the residents of Lower Mills will have views more in line with the country's middle class.
Don't get me wrong: there are some gems here. One teen says, "I get mostly C's and D's in high school. I haven't decided yet whether I'll attend a trade school or matriculate to Harvard." There's all this refering to females who are "stunts" and it's kinda misogynist.
I mean, I wish the author well, but this wasn't that deep or satisfying to me as a reader.