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Urban Girls Revisited
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Urban Girls, published in 1996, was one of the first volumes to showcase the lives of girls growing up in contexts of urban poverty and sometimes racism and violence. It spoke directly to young women who, often for the first time, were seeing their own stories and those of their friends explained in the materials they were asked to read. The volume has helped to shape the way in which we study girls and understand their development over the past decade.

Urban Girls Revisited explores the diversity of urban adolescent girls' development and the sources of support and resilience that help them to build the foundations of strength that they need as they enter adulthood. Urban girls are frequently marginalized by poverty, ethnic discrimination, and stereotypes suggesting that they have deficits compared to their peers. In fact, urban girls do often“grow up fast,” taking on multiple adult roles and responsibilities in contexts of high levels of adversities. Yet a majority of these girls show remarkable strengths in the face of challenges, and their families and communities provide many assets to support their development. This new volume showcases these strengths.

Contributors:Amy Alberts, Natasha Alexander, Murray Anderson, Elizabeth Banister, Cecilia Benoit, Kristen Boelcke-Stennes, Ana Mari Cauce, Elise D. Christiansen, Brianna Coffino, Catherine L. Costigan, Karin Coyle, Anita Davis, Jill Denner, Sumru Erkut, Kenyaatta Etchison, Michelle Fine, Yulika Forman, Emily Genao, Mikael Jansson, Chalene Lechuga, Stacey J. Lee, Richard M. Lerner, Nancy Lopez, Ann S. Masten, Jennifer McCormick, Jennifer Pastor, Erin Phelps, Leslie Prescott, Jean E. Rhodes, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Anne Shaffer, Renee Spencer, Pamela R. Smith, Carl S. Taylor, Jill McLean Taylor, Virgil A. Taylor, Maria Elena Torre, Allison J. Tracy, Carmen N. Veloria, Martina C. Verba, and Janie Victoria Ward.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Urban Girls: Building Strengths, Creating Momentum
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part I. Resituating Positive Development for Urban Adolescent Girls
  2. p. 17
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  1. 1. The Many Faces of Urban Girls: Features of Positive Development in Early Adolescence
  2. pp. 19-52
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  1. 2. From Urban Girls to Resilient Women: Studying Adaptation Across Development in the Context of Adversity
  2. pp. 53-72
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  1. Part II. Safe Spaces Revisited
  2. p. 74
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  1. 3. Makin’ Homes: An Urban Girl Thing
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. 4. “They Are Like a Friend”: Othermothers Creating Empowering, School-Based Community Living Rooms in Latina and Latino Middle Schools
  2. pp. 97-120
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  1. 5. To Stay or to Leave? How Do Mentoring Groups Support Healthy Dating Relationships in High-Risk Girls?
  2. pp. 121-141
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  1. 6. Caring Connections: Mentoring Relationships in the Lives of Urban Girls
  2. pp. 142-156
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  1. 7. Latina Girls: “We’re Like Sisters—Most Times!”
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. Part III. Culture, Parents, and Protection
  2. p. 176
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  1. 8. Changes in African American Mother-Daughter Relationships During Adolescence: Conflict, Autonomy, and Warmth
  2. pp. 177-201
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  1. 9. The “Good” News and the “Bad” News: The “Americanization” of Hmong Girls
  2. pp. 202-217
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  1. Part IV. Resistance: Personal and Political
  2. p. 219
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  1. 10. “Don’t Die With Your Work Balled Up in Your Fists”: Contesting Social Injustice Through Participatory Research
  2. pp. 221-242
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  1. 11. Uncovering Truths, Recovering Lives: Lessons of Resistance in the Socialization of Black Girls
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. Part V. Claiming Sexuality in Relationships:Taking Stock and Gaining Control
  2. p. 262
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  1. 12. “If You Let Me Play . . .”: Does High School Physical Activity Reduce Urban Young Adult Women’s Sexual Risks?
  2. pp. 263-280
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  1. 13. Condom Use Among Sexually Active Latina Girls in Alternative High Schools
  2. pp. 281-300
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  1. 14. Girl-on-Girl Sexuality
  2. pp. 301-318
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  1. Part VI. When Adversity Is Overwhelming—Then What?
  2. p. 320
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  1. 15. Understanding Health Disparities Among Female Street Youth
  2. pp. 321-337
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  1. 16. Businesswomen in Urban Life
  2. pp. 338-359
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 361-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-381
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