As the economy constricts, it seems living with a chronic sense of fear and anxiety is the new normal for a growing number of urban females. Many females are susceptible to victimization by cumulative strands of violence in school, their communities, families and partnerships. Exposure to violence has been shown to contribute to physical and mental health problems, a propensity for substance abuse, transience and homelessness, and unsurprisingly, poor school attendance and performance. What does a girl do when there is no place to get away from this, and even school is a danger zone? Why have so many educators turned their attention away from the reality of violence against girls? Why is there a tendency to categorize such violence as just another example of the general concept of "bullying?"
Critical educators who research the effects of current market logics on the schooling of marginalized youth have yet fully to focus on this issue. This volume puts the reality of violence in the lives of urban school girls back on the map, investigates answers to the above questions, and presents suggestions for change.
Winner of the AESA 2016 Critics Choice Book Award
"Julia Hall has edited a compelling volume on the reality and impact of violence in urban girls’ lives at home, in their neighborhoods and communities, and at school. Against the assault of neoliberal ideology and policy, urban girls’ let readers inside the private and public spaces of their lives, where violence takes its toll but also meets up with resiliency. Urban girls’ stories of violence call on professional educators, students and other stakeholders invested in girls’ well-being to listen, heed, and take action to stem this dangerous tide so that girls the world over can lead healthier, more productive and empowered lives." - Amira Proweller, DePaul University, USA
"Julia Hall has edited an important book that is theoretically rich, yet accessible for a range of readers in teacher education, women’s studies, and cultural studies. Drawing on personal accounts of inner city youth, the authors included in Female Students and Cultures of Violence in Cities argue persuasively that violence toward girls and young women in urban schools takes multiple forms that are insidious, pervasive, and increasingly institutionalized. This volume should be required reading for both scholars and practitioners who wish to understand and support the young people and educators who are striving to live in safety and with integrity in some of the most economically ravaged schools in our nation." - Susan Birden, SUNY – Buffalo State, USA
Chapter 1.Capital and the Production of Classed and Racialized Females Julia Hall Chapter 2. Human Sex Trafficking in the City: Seeking Victims among Domestic Girls Illana R. Lane & Virginia A. Batchelor Chapter 3. Longitudinal Ethnography: Uncovering Domestic Abuse in Low-Income Women's Lives Linda Burton, Diane Purvin, & Raymond Garrett-Peters Chapter 4. Gender as the Next-Top Model of Global Consumer-Citizenship Lindsay Palmer Chapter 5. Neoliberal Fantasies and the ‘Centaur State:’ Confronting Hypermasculine Violence in Urban Public Schooling Alexander J. Means Chapter 6. ‘Prisonization’ and Latinas in Alternative High Schools Aida Hurtado, Ruby Hernandez, & Craig Haney Chapter 7. Disability and Silences That Do Not Tell Linda Ware & Danielle Cowley Chapter 8. When Black Girls Became Pretty: Teacher Biography as Source of Student Transformation Craig Centrie Chapter 9. Stop the Potlucks Julia Hall
Neoliberalism is degrading and destroying public education systems globally. The local characteristics may vary, the results are common - increased inequalities in schooling, vocational and higher education, inferior work conditions for teachers and faculty, and detheorized and technicized delivery systems of increasing conservative curricula at all levels of education. Neoliberalism - marketization, privatization, pre-privatization, commodification - is increasingly accompanied by forms of authoritarian conservatism - secular in some countries, religious in others - with increased control, surveillance, and forced abandonment of critique. Such neoliberal and conservative assaults on public education and on broader aims than those which are couched purely in terms of economic/human capital - meet with increased resistance by students, teachers, communities, social movements, and in some countries, political parties.
The Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism series features books by new as well as established scholars that throw a harsh spotlight on the conditions under which education currently labors and offers analysis, hope, and resistance in the name of more collective, egalitarian education for social and for economic justice.