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Smoke and Mirrors : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society :  The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society - Stephanie Urso Spina

Smoke and Mirrors : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society

The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society : The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society

Paperback Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9780847695614
Number Of Pages: 304

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"While policy makers are demanding zero tolerance, metal detectors, high stakes testing, criminalization of & Prozac for youth, all of which serve to sever the ties between youth, schools & community, the writers in this text commit to a deep, provocative analysis of the thick social context that has produced, & can mediate, youth violence. This book has none of the 'smoke' mentioned in its title; much is revealed & little clouded over. But true to the title, this book reads like a cultural mirror -- a terrifying reflection of late capitalist America as a factory for youth alienation & violence." -- Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Many of our country's children face daily a threat to their personal safety & well-being. As school boards, law enforcement officials, & policymakers continue to look for ways to stop youth violence in urban & suburban schools, not enough attention is paid to eradicating the socioeconomic & cultural conditions that give rise to these acts. In this timely & thought-provoking collection, seasoned educators & cultural theorists emphasize this connection between youth violence & the realities faced by many children--poverty, racism, unequal opportunity, & the media's glorification of violence.

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While policy makers are demanding zero tolerance, metal detectors, high stakes testing, criminalization of and Prozac for youth, all of which serve to sever the ties between youth, schools, and community, the writers in this text commit to a deep, provocative analysis of the thick social context that has produced, and can mediate, youth violence. This book has none of the 'smoke' mentioned in its title; much is revealed and little clouded over. But true to the title, this book reads like a cultural mirror--a terrifying reflection of late capitalist America as a factory for youth alienation and violence. The writers insist that educators, activists, communities, academics, parents, and policy makers attend critically to the ways in which we have contributed to the production of 'youth violence.'--Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Violence in Schools: Expanding the Dialoguep. 1
Wearing the Colors: A Personal Narrative from a "Die-hard" Educatorp. 41
On Living (and Dying) with Violence: Entering Young Voices in the Discoursep. 49
Rated "CV" for Cool Violencep. 67
Representations of Violence, Popular Culture, and Demonization of Youthp. 93
America's Dead-end Kidsp. 107
Masculinity Matters: The Omission of Gender from High-Profile School Violence Casesp. 129
Scientism and the Ideological Construction of Violence, Poverty, and Racismp. 163
The Psychology of Violence and the Violence of Psychologyp. 177
Essay on Violencep. 211
When the Smoke Clears: Revisualizing Responses to Violence in Schoolsp. 229
Subject Indexp. 261
Author Indexp. 271
About the Contributorsp. 277
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ISBN: 9780847695614
ISBN-10: 0847695611
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.88  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38

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