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Dangerous or Endangered?Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America$
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Jennifer Tilton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783115

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783115.001.0001

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Disciplining Youth and Families in the Flatlands

Disciplining Youth and Families in the Flatlands

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Dangerous or Endangered?

Jennifer Tilton

NYU Press

This chapter explores community policing activism in Elmhurst, a neighborhood in Oakland, and the dilemmas of black homeowner activists whose nostalgia for disciplined youth encouraged them to construct a vision of a disciplinary state with expanded police powers. It begins with a portrait of Linda Jackson, an African American community activist, and an overview of her memories of childhood and childrearing, her views on what young people need, and her political struggles. It then provides a background on the Elmhurst neighborhood and its politics, along with the crime problem in the East Oakland flatlands. It also considers Oakland's community policing initiative as well as its implications for black politics, class divides, and the rights of citizenship.

Keywords:   community policing, Elmhurst neighborhood, disciplined youth, police powers, childrearing, crime, Oakland, black politics, citizenship, discipline

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