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Codes and Contradictions
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This in-depth look at a diverse group of young women at an alternative high school illuminates issues of race, class, gender, and identity formation, and shows the enormous power of schools to re-orient young women from school failure to success. This book examines the variations in the constitution of female gender in a group of young working class women of African American, Latina, U.S., Puerto Rican, and white European backgrounds who are enrolled in an alternative high school for students at risk of academic failure. It then analyzes the school processes that impact on the shaping of the young women’s gender identities and provides evidence that female gender identity among various racial or ethnic backgrounds can be very dissimilar. It also illustrates the enormous power of schools to re-orient young women who have previous experiences of academic failure to view education as crucial to attaining their future goals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Codes and Contradictions: Race, Gender Identity, and Schooling
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Introdcution
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Social Class, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Schooling: A Theoretical Overview
  2. pp. 15-28
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  1. 3. The Social, Economic, and Educational Status of African American, Latina, and White Women in the United States
  2. pp. 29-48
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  1. 4. Young White Working-Class Women: Envisioning Their Adult Lives
  2. pp. 49-72
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  1. 5. Young Women of African American and Puerto Rican Descent: Anticipating Lives as Adult Women
  2. pp. 73-100
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  1. 6. Young Women of Dominican and South American Descent: Constructing Possibilities for the Future
  2. pp. 101-130
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  1. 7. Redefining Relationships to Schooling
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. 8. The Formal Curriculum
  2. pp. 145-168
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  1. 9. The Social Construction of Gender within the School
  2. pp. 169-196
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  1. 10. Conclusions
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-248
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