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Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School

Calvin Morrill and Michael Musheno


Urban schools are usually associated with violence, chaos, and youth aggression. This book challenges the violence-centered conventional wisdom of urban youth studies, revealing instead the social ingenuity with which teens informally and peacefully navigate strife-ridden peer trouble. Taking as its focus a multi-ethnic, high-poverty school in the American southwest, the book complicates the conventional vision of urban youth, along the way revealing the resilience of students in the face of carceral disciplinary tactics. Grounded in sixteen years of ethnographic fieldwork, the book draws on a ... More

Keywords: conflict, culture, frontline work, inclusion, place, poverty, public schools, social trust, trouble, violence, youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226538761
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226523873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Calvin Morrill, author
University of California, Berkeley

Michael Musheno, author