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Identity & Inner-City Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender


reviewed by James W. Fraser 1994

coverTitle: Identity & Inner-City Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender
Author(s): Shirley Brice Heath, Milbrey W. McLaughlin
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807732524, Pages: 250, Year: 1993
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In November 1993, President Bill Clinton made a highly publicized speech on the decline of values among today's youth. Clinton blamed the current crisis among inner-city youth on the breakdown of the family and the loss of a sense of community among the current generation.[1] He--or his speechwriters--would have been well served by reading Identity & Inner- City Youth before developing that speech. While Clinton argued a fairly simplistic story of a moral decline among the current generation of younger Americans, Heath and McLaughlin tell the complex story of the change--far more radical change than is usually noted--that has taken place in the lives, communities, values, and self-identity of the urban youth of the 1990s. Identity & Inner-City Youth is an extraordinary book. Heath and McLaughlin have pulled together a collection of essays--the majority of which are written by one or both of the editors--that shed very important new light on the full range of agencies that are educating urban youth at the end of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 2, 1994, p. 347-352
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 66, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 7:58:52 PM

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