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Title The unknown city : lives of poor and working class young adults / [compiled by] Michelle Fine and Lois Weis.

Published Boston : Beacon Press, [1998]


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 UniM Bail  305.2350973 UNKN    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-328) and index.
Contents 1. Voices of Hope and Despair: Introduction -- 2. Narrating the 1980s and 1990s: Voices of White and African American Men -- 3. Loss of Privilege inside White, Working-Class Masculinity -- 4. "To Stand Up and Be Men": Black Males Rewriting Social Representations -- 5. "It's a Small Frog That Will Never Leave Puerto Rico": Puerto Rican Men and the Struggle for Place in the United States -- 6. Cops, Crime, and Violence -- 7. "I've Slept in Clothes Long Enough": Domestic Violence among Women in the White Working Class -- 8. "Food in Our Stomachs and a Roof Overhead": African American Women Crossing Borders -- 9. Working Without a Net: Poor Mothers Raising Their Families -- 10. Refusing the Betrayal: Latinas Redefining Gender, Sexuality, Family, and Home -- 11. "You Can Never Get Too Much": Reflections on Urban Schooling ... for Grown-Ups and Kids -- 12. Work, the State, and the Body: Re-viewing the Loss and Re-imagining the Future.
Epilogue: Writing the "Wrongs" of Fieldwork: Confronting Our Own Research/Writing Dilemmas in Urban Ethnographics.
Summary In The Unknown City Michelle Fine and Lois Weis offer a groundbreaking, theoretically sophisticated ethnography of the lives of young adults, ages 23 to 35, in two large East Coast cities. Analyzing interviews with hundreds of young people, Fine and Weis provide insights into their startling and often harrowing experiences. A major focus of the book is on the "fractures" in American society: how and why those of different races, ethnicities, and genders see the world - and each other - in very different ways. From discussions of black men's ideas on the reasons for inequality to domestic abuse among white working-class women, we see the gulfs that impede attempts to simplify the problems of young adults. We hear their views on everything from the construction of "whiteness" and affirmative action to the economy, education, and the new public spaces of community hope. The Unknown City is sure to shape many key debates about policy and community. Fine and Weis point to what should be done on the national policy level and describe initiatives that serve as oases of hope in our cities today.
Other author Fine, Michelle.
Weis, Lois.
Subject Young adults -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- Social conditions.
Young adults -- New Jersey -- Jersey City -- Social conditions.
Working class -- New York (State) -- Buffalo.
Working class -- New Jersey -- Jersey City.
Urban poor -- New York (State) -- Buffalo.
Urban poor -- New Jersey -- Jersey City.
Buffalo (N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
Buffalo (N.Y.) -- Economic conditions.
Jersey City (N.J.) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0807041122 (cloth)