By Jody Miller
2010 individual Contribution to Scholarship publication Award from the yank Sociological organization; Race, Gender, and sophistication Section
2008 Finalist, The Society for the research of Social difficulties C. Wright turbines Award
a lot has been written in regards to the demanding situations that face city African American younger males, yet much less is expounded in regards to the harsh realities for African American younger ladies in deprived groups. Sexual harassment, sexual attack, relationship violence, or even gang rape aren't unusual studies. In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller offers a compelling photograph of this dire social challenge and explores how inextricably, and tragically, associated violence is to their day-by-day lives in bad city neighborhoods.
Drawing from richly textured interviews with adolescent boys and girls, Miller brings a willing eye to the troubling realities of an international infused with hazard and gender-based violence. those ladies are remoted, missed, and sometimes victimized via these thought of friends and family. neighborhood associations resembling the police and colleges that are supposed to defend them frequently flip a blind eye, leaving women to fend for themselves. Miller attracts a vibrant photo of the race and gender inequalities that damage those communities—and how those bring about deeply and dangerously engrained ideals approximately gender that train youths to determine such violence—rather than the results of broader social inequalities—as deserved because of person women' fallacious characters, i.e., she deserved it.
Through Miller's cautious research of those enticing, usually unsettling tales, Getting Played indicates us not just how those younger women are victimized, yet how, regardless of drastically insufficient social help and possibilities, they try to navigate this harmful terrain.
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Such residents take their social, economic and political capital with them, leaving the poor —who are disproportionately minorities—even more socially isolated, and their communities even further depleted of resources. St. Louis, for instance, was once one of the largest cities in the United States. As the region grew, however, large numbers of city residents relocated to areas outside of the city limits. In the 1950s, the city population was more than 850,000. By 1990, this number had dropped by more than half, to less than 400,000.
Gail described her aunt’s home as “like my second home, that’s like where I be at, you know. ” Distinguishing the two neighborhoods, she explained: I live on a busy street, so it’s always noisy on my street ’cause cars comin’ over or whatever. But as far as kids, uh-uh [no], ’cause don’t no kids live by me. But where my auntie live, it’s like, parks and kids and everybody in the neighborhood just go and be playing together, you know. And then, that like when most of the stuff start, you know.
Ricky, on the other hand, was critical of his neighborhood. Nonetheless, his description indicated his embeddedness in neighborhood networks: It’s a peaceful neighborhood if the police didn’t bother people so much. I mean people only act the way they act in our neighborhood based on the police. I mean the police will ride up on a group of guys, I mean don’t nobody have to be sellin’ drugs or nothing. But just because we a group of guys, they’ll get out [and harass us]. . I mean, I wouldn’t say it just like it’s all the police, ’cause you got them guys that’s still out there that’s tryin’ to sell drugs—30 and 40 years old, 29, 30.