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  • Inner City Kids: Adolescents Confront Life and Violence in an Urban Community
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  • Alice Mcintyre
  • 2000
  • Published by: NYU Press
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Urban teens of color are often portrayed as welfare mothers, drop outs, drug addicts, and both victims and perpetrators of the many kinds of violence which can characterize life in urban areas. Although urban youth often live in contexts which include poverty, unemployment, and discrimination, they also live with the everydayness of school, friends, sex, television, music, and other elements of teenage lives. Inner City Kids explores how a group of African American, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and Haitian adolescents make meaning of and respond to living in an inner-city community.
The book focuses on areas of particular concern to the youth, such as violence, educational opportunities, and a decaying and demoralizing urban environment characterized by trash, pollution, and abandoned houses. McIntyre's work with these teens draws upon participatory action research, which seeks to codevelop programs with study participants rather than for them.

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  1. Cover, Copyright and Title Pages
  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Chapter 1. Participatory Action Research
  2. pp. 13-33
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  1. Chapter 2. Exploring Community
  2. pp. 34-57
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  1. Chapter 3. Constructing Meaning about Violence
  2. pp. 58-92
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  1. Chapter 4. Community Photography: Visual Stories by Inner-City Youth
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. Chapter 5. Becoming Somebody
  2. pp. 123-145
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  1. Chapter 6. Exploring Racism, Whiteness, and Careers with Urban Youth
  2. pp. 146-166
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  1. Chapter 7. From Dialogue to Action
  2. pp. 167-195
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  1. Chapter 8. Making the Road As We Go
  2. pp. 196-211
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  1. Appendix A. Transcription Code
  2. p. 213
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  1. Appendix B. Community Resource Inventory—Youth
  2. pp. 214-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. References
  2. pp. 221-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-242
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 243
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