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Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education


reviewed by Robin L. Hughes — 2004

coverTitle: Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education
Author(s): Nancy Lopez
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415930758, Pages: 224, Year: 2003
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In Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education, Nancy Lopez explores the race gender disparity that occurs among Caribbean youth. She intricately makes her case with the specific purpose of unpeeling the many layers that have traditionally obscured the interplay between race and gender within urban contexts. Lopez’s study grew out of a compelling need to understand the dynamics that contribute to race and gender disparities in urban education. Lopez undertakes a tremendous effort to unravel social mechanisms that may traditionally yet capriciously create disparities among racially stigmatized and new second generation students. Her study seeks to understand how is it that men and women who belong to the same racial and ethnic group, attend similar schools, grow up in the identical social and economic circumstance, and live in the same neighborhoods have significantly different educational outcomes. Lopez is a second generation Dominican who holds not only a visceral interest, but also notes the (global) importance of understanding the dynamics that contribute... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2281-2286
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11352, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 6:35:16 PM

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  • Robin Hughes
    Oklahoma State University
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    Robin Hughes is Assistant Professor of Education, School of Educational Studies, at Oklahoma State University.
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