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Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City

Ranita Ray


Stereotypes of economically marginalized black and brown youth focus on drugs, gangs, violence, and teen pregnancy. Common wisdom posits that targeting these “risk behaviors” is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Ranita Ray uncovers the pernicious consequences of centering risk behaviors as key to targeting poverty. Ray spent three years among sixteen black and Latina/o youth from one economically marginalized neighborhood in a northeastern U.S. city, and she shares both harrowing and heartwarming accounts of their transition to adulthood as they try to obtain upward social mobility. The yo ... More

Keywords: black and brown youth, poverty, risk behaviors, educational inequalities, service class, teen pregnancy, transition to adulthood, social mobility, class, race, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292055
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ranita Ray, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas