By Professor Nikki Jones

With an outward gaze fascinated by a greater destiny, among stable and Ghetto displays the social global of internal urban African American women and the way they deal with threats of non-public violence.

Drawing on own encounters, traditions of city ethnography, Black feminist concept, gender reports, and feminist criminology, Nikki Jones provides readers a richly descriptive and compassionate account of ways African American women negotiate faculties and neighborhoods ruled via the so-called ''code of the street''--the type of road justice that governs violence in distressed city components. She finds the a number of options they use to navigate interpersonal and gender-specific violence and the way they reconcile the gendered dilemmas in their formative years. Illuminating struggles for survival inside of this workforce, among reliable and Ghetto encourages others to maneuver African American ladies towards the guts of discussions of ''the crisis'' in terrible, city neighborhoods.

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I was just about to walk in the middle of the street [when] she grabbed me by the back of my hair and was hitting me with it [the brick]. I went to the hospital ’cause I had to get staples in my head and something was wrong with my wrist. It is not uncommon for inner-city, adolescent girls who are involved in serious physical conflicts to call on their mothers for help, if they are available. In neighborhoods where city residents feel little trust in institutional authorities, mothers may decide to respond to a violent incident in a way that is consistent The Social World of Inner-City Girls 39 with the culture of the code.

Like many other inner-city residents, girls come to see many people as out for themselves and acknowledge that they too must not expect anyone else to make them safe. Ultimately, teaching adolescent girls how to physically defend their personal boundaries provides them with a resource that they need to navigate their neighborhood streets. At the same time, this kind of instruction also transmits an early and important lesson from one generation of Black women to the next: you are responsible for your own well-being.

It is difficult for inner-city girls and the women who care for them to embrace or express hope that the circumstances of inner-city life will ever change. 3 Socializing girls for this sort of survival—teaching them to figuratively and literally fight to protect their personal boundaries, for example—presents a dilemma for women who are trying to be good mothers and for those women who are committed to raising African American, inner-city girls to become respectable Black ladies. This is a dilemma that few middle-class mothers in suburban areas encounter.

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