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Tough Fronts:The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling


reviewed by Maryann Dickar — 2003

coverTitle: Tough Fronts:The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling
Author(s): L. Janelle Dance
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415933005, Pages: 187, Year: 2002
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Tough Fronts by L. Janelle Dance is a welcome addition to the literature that examines youth culture and its relationship to schooling and society.  Dance focuses on “street savvy” African American and Latino males, two of the most maligned and misunderstood groups of students in America’s schools.  By “street savvy” Dance means young men who navigate street culture and must maintain a hard exterior pose as a matter of survival though police and school officials often target such postures as criminal. Dance claims her goals are threefold, “(1) to better understand the experiences of street savvy students who act “hard” like a “gansta”; (2) to explore the implications of gangsterlike posturing on schooling; and (3) to breathe students lives into scholarly debates about the state of (urban) public education in the United States”(p. 2).  Tough Fronts half meets this mission.  We do learn much more about street savvy students; however, there is no significant exploration of the impact of their gangsterlike postures on schooling.  There are few views... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1238-1241
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11100, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 9:49:27 AM

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  • Maryann Dickar
    New York University
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    MARYANN DICKAR is the Program Director of NYU’s Alternative Certification Initiative as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning. She conducts research on how new teachers develop, the connection between teacher education and teacher practice and on school culture. She is particularly interested in urban education and examines the roles of race, class, and gender in shaping school experiences for students and teachers. She has published articles on the impact of race on teaching practice.
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