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Starting Out: Class and Community in the Lives of Working-Class Youth


reviewed by Lois Weis - 1989

coverTitle: Starting Out: Class and Community in the Lives of Working-Class Youth
Author(s): Victoria Anne Steinitz, Ellen Rachel Solomon
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 0877226202, Pages: , Year: 1986
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Starting Out is an exploration of the identity-formation process of working class youth in three communities. Specifically, the authors investigated identity-formation processes among youth in the high schools of Cityville, an old, largely working-class city close to Boston; Townline, a predominantly middle-class suburb also near Boston; and Milltown, a small working-class town twenty-five miles from Boston and surrounded by affluent suburbs. In each school, they sought to interview ten young men and ten young women, all in their senior year. The first set of interviews took place just before high school graduation and most of the same students were interviewed four years later after they had attempted to live out their ideals in the material world. I wish I liked this book more, for I genuinely like the idea. I like very much the notion of exploring identity formation as it is linked to class and gender. What is so striking... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 1, 1989, p. 126-127
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 453, Date Accessed: 10/19/2019 11:09:22 AM

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