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Friendship, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America


reviewed by Carol Wright — 2004

coverTitle: Friendship, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America
Author(s): Greg Dimitriadis
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743852, Pages: 118, Year: 2003
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The conversation on Black males in education is saturated with deficit discourses and stories of failure by schools and the students themselves. In contrast, Greg Dimitriadis presents a story that challenges assumptions about “normal” and “good” successful Black youth. In his latest book, Friendship, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America, Dimitriadis enters the discussion on black men in education by asking the following question, “How do black youth construct meaning for their social and academic lives inside and outside of school?” To answer this question, the author analyzes the complex social lives of two young Black men in a small Midwestern urban city.   The author’s first two chapters contextualize urban youth culture and introduce us to Tony and Rufus, best friends who are grappling with issues of identity and what it means to be young Black men. The reader is charted through five chapters that highlight themes including: family, social networks, the community center, role models, and material pressures. To better... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 907-909
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11231, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 6:36:47 AM

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  • Carol Wright
    Wesleyan University
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    CAROL WRIGHT is a visiting instructor in the African American Studies Program at Wesleyan University. Currently she is completing her doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has presented papers at the American Educational Research Association and the Sociology of Education Association annual meetings. Teaching and research areas include: Race and Ethnicity (emphasis on class stratification), Critical Race Theory, Educational Policy, Sociology of Education.
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