Coming of Age in U.S. High Schools: Economic, Kinship, by Annette B. Hemmings

By Annette B. Hemmings

Coming of Age in U.S. excessive faculties: financial, Kinship, non secular, and Political Crosscurrents takes readers into the lives of city and suburban children for a close-up examine how they navigate the conflicting discourses and disciplinary practices of yank cultural crosscurrents that circulate via financial, kinship, non secular, and political domain names of yankee existence. The ebook is certain in the way it combines vintage anthropological concept and modern post-anthropological views into an leading edge framework for knowing adolescent coming of age procedures in U.S. public excessive colleges. Coming of age is conceived as a twin means of group integration and identification formation.

during this expansive multi-site ethnography of highschool scholars representing varied racial, ethnic, social category, gender, and sexual backgrounds, coming of age is defined and analyzed because it spread out within the study rooms and corridors of 3 excessive faculties: a racially desegregated city university; a suburban university serving heart category scholars; and a college with a majority of Black adolescence dwelling in impoverished inner-city neighborhoods. The research is going way past problems with educational fulfillment to acknowledge and discover the functionality of U.S. excessive faculties in smoothing adolescent transitions into the a number of domain names of yankee existence. Graduating seniors within the ultimate analyses are heralded as absorbers of traditions, barometers of tendencies, and harbingers of swap.

Of curiosity to a large variety of researchers, academics, and academic policymakers, this booklet is very suitable for students, college, and graduate scholars in social foundations of schooling, academic anthropology, secondary instructor schooling, qualitative academic study, and similar fields.

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The foyer and hallways were covered with brand-new, rust-colored carpet. As I walked to the administrative offices, I passed dozens of students standing or sitting on the floor. Some were gathered in the middle of the building where there was a large opening surrounded by a chest-high wall where people could lean over and look down into the cafeteria and library on the first floor. I noticed that there were no security guards. Instead, the hallways were monitored by teachers who stood idly by until the bell rang signaling the beginning of classes.

Every kid is good, bad, crazy, unique, whatever. One thing about this school is that it made me more open-minded about people. You can't throw them all together and say they're the same when they're not. They don't even stay the same, you know, like sometimes they're well adjusted and other days they go all to hell. " And that's how it was in the corridors of Jefferson High. JHS Classrooms Jefferson High, like other comprehensive public high schools in the district, offered an array of academic and vocational programs.

It's like a battle. We stick up for them while it seems everyone else in the country wants to throw them in jail. " Nay listened for a while before stating her own opinion. "Kids," she said, "also have to care. There are too many kids who don't care about themselves or what they're doing. There's girls having babies who don't care about having any money. A lot of kids don't care about school and it's not because their mamas aren't home. As for myself, I'm going to do it right. " Monica Reese certainly cared about school.

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