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ERIC Number: EJ1053465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
"Hella Ghetto!": (Dis)Locating Race and Class Consciousness in Youth Discourses of Ghetto Spaces, Subjects and Schools
Sung, Kenzo K.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v18 n3 p363-395 2015
Based on analysis of interviews conducted during 2008-2009 in Oakland, California, this article examines how narratives of inner-city youth reinforce and destabilize mainstream conceptions of "ghetto." The article demonstrates that inner-city youth discourses regarding "ghetto" spaces, subjects and schools often exemplify a consciousness informed by both counter-hegemonic insights and internalized psychological trauma. In other words, the interviewed youth reconstitute the term "ghetto" to signify structural and cultural processes of dislocation occurring in their neighborhood through narratives characterized by contradiction. This finding is significant because it questions how to analyze non-white narratives and offers "dislocated consciousness" as an interpretive lens grounded in the contradictions of subaltern consciousness theorized by W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon and Antonio Gramsci. By developing the concept of "dislocation" to illuminate how such youth negotiate, resist and internalize the material and ideological structures that condition their existence, this study contributes to the existing literature on race and class consciousness of urban youth. The article concludes by exploring how strategies urban youth utilize to come to terms with their lives can provide new understandings of urban communities and schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: NICHD R21 HD056581; 1 U49 CE000743