Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Education - 187 pages
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Tough Fronts takes the difficult issues in urban education head on by putting street-savvy students at the forefront of the discussion on how to best make successful changes for inner city schools. Individual chapters discuss scholarly depictions of black America, the social complexity of the teacher-student relationship, individual success stories of 'at-risk' programs, popular images of urban students, and implications for education policy. With close attention to the voices of individual students, this engaging book gives vitality and legitimacy to arguments for school changes that have been lacking in previous discussions.
  

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Contents

There Are No Agents Here Scholarly Depictions of Black Americans
15
Postures Forged by Social Marginalization
33
On Being Hardcore a Hardcore Wannabe or Hardcore Enough
51
Social Capital Cultural Capital and Caring Teachers
71
Malcolm 247365
85
Solutions Broader Implications and Policy Suggestions
109
Fear of the Dark The Vilification of Urban Students
127
Policy Implications for Individuals in Positions of Influence
141
A Brief Review of Selected Literature
149
Notes
155
Glossary of Social Scientific Terms and Concepts
169
Index
179
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About the author (2002)

L. Janelle Dance is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. As part of the Education/Spencer Postdoctoral fellowship, she continued her research on urban education in Philadelphia.

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