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Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America

Michaela Soyer

Abstract

A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America shows how the narrative of American dream shapes the offending trajectories of twenty-three young Latino and African American men in Boston and Chicago. Believing in the American dream helps the teenagers cope with the pains of incarceration. However, without the ability to experience themselves as creative actors, reproducing the rhetoric of American meritocracy leaves the teenagers unprepared to negotiate the complex and frustrating process of desistance and reentry.

Keywords: desistance, narrative, reentry, incarceration, agency, American dream

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290440
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290440.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaela Soyer, author
Hunter College