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The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption

Nikki Jones


In The Chosen Ones, sociologist and feminist scholar Nikki Jones shares the compelling story of a group of Black men living in San Francisco's historically Black neighborhood, the Fillmore. Against all odds, these men work to atone for past crimes by reaching out to other Black men, young and old, with the hope of guiding them towards a better life. Yet despite their genuine efforts, they struggle to find a new place in their old neighborhood. With a poignant yet hopeful voice, Jones illustrates how neighborhood politics, everyday interactions with the police, and conservative Black gender ide ... More

Keywords: African American men, Black Men, Desistance, Inner City Violence, Fillmore, Urban ethnography, Criminal Justice, Black gender ideologies, Redemption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288348
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikki Jones, author
University of California, Berkeley

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