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Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture among Inner-City Boys 4.1.2010 edition Edition
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Harding challenges the notion that low-income neighborhoods are culturally isolated (and therefore homogeneous) and develops the concept of cultural heterogeneity to more accurately describe various competing cultural models within multiple Boston communities. This concept is defined, described, and linked to contemporary thinking about culture (somewhat academic but should be manageable for college-educated readers). He then uses this concept to demonstrate that youth in some Boston communities have to manage or negotiate the various elements of culture in multiple contexts. In short, youth living in these communities have to make sense of ideas about fatherhood, sex, school, etc., but they must do so in a cultural milieu that contains competing ideas about such things. Although I won't provide an exhaustive review of the entire book (He also writes about the importance of violence and community boundaries for organizing social life), Harding's identification and demonstration of these ideas greatly enhance our understanding of city life. For instance, he demonstrates that youth are not passively reacting to a uniform culture that is pervasive in inner-city communities.Read more ›
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I had to read this book for my sociology class and I'm glad to say that it was worth every penny.Published on January 4, 2013 by CN