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Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City

Natasha Kumar Warikoo


This examination of children of immigrants in New York and London asks, “Is there a link between rap/hip-hop-influenced youth culture and motivation to succeed in school? The author challenges teachers, administrators, and parents to look beneath the outward manifestations of youth culture—the clothing, music, and tough talk—to better understand the internal struggle faced by many minority students as they try to fit in with peers while working to lay the groundwork for successful lives. Using ethnographic, survey, and interview data in two racially diverse, low-achieving high schools, she ana ... More

Keywords: children of immigrants, New York, London, rap, hip-hop, youth culture, motivation to succeed, teachers, administrators, parents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262102
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natasha Kumar Warikoo, author