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Toxic Schools: High-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam

Bowen Paulle


Based on nearly six years of fieldwork in and around high poverty secondary schools on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, this book uses the tools of the teacher-ethnographer to take on questions touching us all: Even if they “know better,” why do so many adolescents frequently get caught up in the situated destruction of non-selective big city schools? Although putatively of the same race as many of the other students wrecking their educational environments, how do some male students self-identifying as black avoid the seductions of “street” ways of being and, in extremely rare cases, deve ... More

Keywords: Poverty, Ghetto, Failing schools, Embodiment, Emotions, Opposition, Culture, Race, Toxic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226066387
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bowen Paulle, author