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Getting Played


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Shows how African American young women are victimized and how they struggle to navigate a dangerous terrain

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Foreword by Ruth D. PetersonPreface Acknowledgments 1 Perspectives on Gender and Urban Violence 2 Gender 'n the 'Hood: Neighborhood Violence against Women and Girls 3 Playin' Too Much: Sexual Harassment in School4 Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Sexual Coercion and Violence 5 The Playa' and the Cool Pose: Gender and Relationship Violence 6 Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix: Study Participants Notes References IndexAbout the Author

About the Author

Jody Miller is Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender and recipient of the 2001 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.


"Miller's analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege...she does a great job at showing how large societal forces have very real, individual, and private consequences." Feminist Review "In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods." QBR, The Black Book Review "The result of Miller's information lode is a sometimes uplifting book. It is possible for government and private-sector programs to alleviate the violence against females, Miller believes--but not if those in charge lack the will and refuse to allocate the resources." St. Louis Post Dispatch "Miller gives us a detailed examination of the violence experienced by Black inner city girls whose victimization is based on multiple dimensions of their lives: because they are Black, because they live in extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods, and because they are women. Miller's careful, rich, detailed field work documents and analyzes the complex realities of these young women's lives that set the context for the struggles they routinely contend with. The voices of these young people have been ignored for too long. Getting Played has given them an opportunity to be heard that is long overdue." Robert Crutchfield, University of Washington "Getting Played shows powerfully how gender, class, and race inequality expose girls in disadvantaged urban communities to violent and sexual victimization, both in neighborhoods and in schools. Miller expertly analyzes how extreme social and economic disadvantage combine with pervasive normative codes to create a context in which girls face high risks of victimization at the hands of boys and men. Getting Played is masterful." Karen Heimer, co-editor of Gender and Crime: Patterns in Victimization and Offending "By giving us a better understanding of how the neighborhoods and the peer culture of poor African American youth increase the risk of gendered victimization, Getting Played challenges both academics and policymakers to face the role of structured discrimination in the perpetuation of violence toward women." Candace Kruttschnitt, co-author of Marking Time in the Golden State: Women's Imprisonment in California "This is a significant and timely book. Miller has taken on a vitally important, but understudied, topic--violence against young Black girls in economically depressed urban settings." Dana M. Britton, author of At Work in the Iron Cage: The Prison as Gendered Organization "Miller grabs readers' attention with the stark reality of the widespread occurrence of violent victimization among the girls she studies." From the Foreword by Ruth D. Peterson, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Ohio State University

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