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Dangerous or Endangered?: Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America

Jennifer Tilton


How do you tell the difference between a “good kid” and a “potential thug”? This book considers the ways in which children are increasingly viewed as dangerous and yet, simultaneously, as endangered and in need of protection by the state. It draws on three years of ethnographic research in Oakland, California, one of the nation's most racially diverse cities, to examine how debates over the nature and needs of young people have fundamentally reshaped politics, transforming ideas of citizenship and the state in contemporary America. As parents and neighborhood activists have worked to save and ... More

Keywords: children, Oakland, young people, contemporary America, urban space, youth activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814783115
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814783115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Tilton, author