POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGERS:
A Case Study of High School Students in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

Author: Fishman, Darwin
Year:2011
Pages:160
ISBN:0-7734-1453-3
978-0-7734-1453-2
Price:139.95
This ethnographic research project to be able examine the political socialization process for Black youth and to address some of the larger questions about the field of political socialization and identity politics. Unlike past race neutral work and quantitative
research, this ethnographic research illustrated how complicated and contradictory Black youth political socialization can be.

Reviews

“This pertinent, timely, well-written and researched study not only advances our understanding of the political socialization of black youth, but also illuminates new areas for future research.”-Prof. Tunde Adeleke, Iowa State University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 FINDING A WAY TO SHED MORE LIGHT
Qualitative Methods For Theoretical Problems
Ethnographic Methods As The Qualitative Weapon Of Choice
Ethnographic Methods Applied to Black Youths Political Socialization
The Racial Grind as Foreground and Background

Chapter 2 SOUNDING OFF POLITICALLY AND NOT SO POLITICALLY
The School and the Classroom
The Student Interviews
Bonilla Star
Celia McNeil
Ron Blood
Jamila Net
Tim Fast
Teresa Cole
Terrell Dakota
Aaron King
Simone Redgrave
April Nelson
Cliff Hopson
Tania Powder
Malcolm Brave
Tiwana Owour
Fred Ngoli

Chapter 3 RESULTS: ETHNOGRAPHIC VOICES STITCHED TOGETHER..
Result 1 TRADITIONAL Political Knowledge
Local Politics
State Politics
National Politics
Results 2 Issues of Political Interest
Same Sex Union
War In Iraq
Hurricane Katrina
Abortions
Education and Community Concerns
Result 3 Traditional Political Involvement

Chapter 4 CONCLUSION: RE-PLOTTING OLD AND NEW CONUNDRUMS
Political Socialization of Youth
System Stabilization Theories/ Social and Political Conditions
Role of Peer Groups
Role of Parents
Educational Institutions
Race, Theory, and Methods Matters
All is Not Lost?: Limits of Ambivalence, Ignorance, and Cynicism as Black Youth Models
1) “Vote or Die”
2) Marion Barry Factor
3) Same Sex Unions and Abortions as Solutions
And Finally, ‘Are You a Good Citizen?”

APPENDIX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX