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She's Mad Real – Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn

Oneka LaBennett


Overwhelmingly, Black teenage girls are negatively represented in national and global popular discourses, either as being “at risk” for teenage pregnancy, obesity, or sexually transmitted diseases, or as helpless victims of inner city poverty and violence. Such popular representations are pervasive and often portray Black adolescents' consumer and leisure culture as corruptive, uncivilized, and pathological. This book draws on over a decade of researching teenage West Indian girls in the Flatbush and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn to argue that Black youth are in fact strategic consumers o ... More

Keywords: Black youth, teenage girls, West Indian girls, Brooklyn, race, ethnicity, gender, New York

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814752470
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oneka LaBennett, author

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