- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804760527
- ISBN-13: 978-0804760522
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens 1st Edition
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"Growing Up in America is an eye-opener. In it we intensely experience the lives of teens, and come to see the powerful and often times surprising ways in which race impacts their lives. It is not the case, the authors show us, that white teens have access to the most and best resources. It varies by social institution, by what is valued, and what is needed. This is a wonderfully written, powerful book that enlightens as it engages. We cannot understand the meaning of race without understanding its formation in youth. And this is the very best book written on that subject." (Michael O. Emerson Rice University)
"Growing Up in America masterfully shines an incisive light on how experiences in the four most influential contexts of adolescence―family, peers, school, and religion―can vary immensely based on one's racial or ethnic background. By revealing the unique 'capital portfolios' with which African American, white, Latino, and Asian American youth are equipped for adulthood, this book elucidates how uneven the playing field is when it comes to achieving social, emotional, economic, and spiritual success in adulthood. It's a must read for anyone interested in the sources of stratification and inequality in the U.S. or how race truly matters in the lives of American youth." (Lisa D. Pearce)
About the Author
Brad Christerson is Associate Professor of Sociology at Biola University. Korie L. Edwards is Assistant Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University.Richard Flory is Associate Research Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
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When I began to browse through the book and read chapter 4 a couple of thoughts came to mind:
1. Interesting how African American, Asian, and Latino students have all been merged into one packet... Extremely distinct cultures, worldviews, family structures, etc. all into one... This is dangerous, hasty generalizations which can be erroneous tend to rise from "one size fits all" approaches.
2. It also came to mind a saying that was very popular in my High School in the early 90's: "You ain't Black, you wouldn't understand it". The population in my High School was 99% African American. When I take a look at the authors that are collaborating in this book - this phrase comes to life! I appreciate the proposals offered by this group of sociologists, but unless you come from the background of which you are writing about, "you wouldn't understand it". Not in depth, not really. You are an outsider looking in and interpreting through your own filters and assumptions about others.
Chapter 4 surrounds itself with the notion of ethnically diverse students seeing schools as a place of authority and the underlying implication is that this is not a good way to look at school and that this is a big reason as to why ethnic students do not achieve academically... I could go on about these assumptions... What about the Japanese school system for example? It is well known for its strict characteristics and heightened notion that the teachers are the authority - and yet, Japanese education continues to be rated #1 in the world each year...
Just some thoughts of my initial observations as I browse through the book and digest the information...
Food for thought! :)