Sex Roles (2011) 64:146–147 DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9849-4 BOOK REVIEW Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence. By Jody Miller, New York City, NY, New York University Press, 2008. 292 pp. $22.00, (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-0-8147-5698-0 Jessica M. Fitzpatrick Published online: 3 August 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 Jody Miller examines violence against young women in the community’s response to such violence is to not take it poor, high-crime, urban neighborhoods of St. Louis through seriously; violence against women is generally considered an analysis of in-depth interviews, surveys, and neighbor- “funny” and someone else’s business. hood data. This multi-method approach gives us a Witnessing violence in neighborhoods and schools comprehensive picture of the lives of these young women. increases personal stress and aggressive behavior. In these In all, she studies 75 youth aged 12–19 accessed via a neighborhoods, there is a “playa” role that the young men community drop-in center and two alternative schools. aspire to achieve. The idealized status of the “playa” is rooted Despite the usual focus on offenders in criminal justice in hegemonic masculinity, Miller argues. Because these research, Miller focuses on the victim’s experience, but young men are disadvantaged in life, coming from poor
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