By Michelle Fine, Lois Weis

The teens outlined as "Gen Xers" within the media and renowned mind's eye virtually by no means contain terrible or working-class teens. those children - an enormous and significant a part of our society - are misrepresented and silent in our nationwide dialog. within the Unknown urban, Michelle high-quality and Lois Weis supply a groundbreaking, theoretically subtle ethnography of the lives of teenagers (ages 23 to 35), in response to countless numbers of interviews. we find their perspectives on every little thing from the development of "whiteness" and affirmative motion to the economic climate, schooling, and new public areas of group desire. eventually, effective and Weis aspect to what's being performed and what can be performed by way of nationwide coverage to enhance the way forward for those striking men and women.

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Listen. We do not need to fix these young men and women, but the whole of America. Page 16 2 Narrating the 1980s and 1990s: Voices of White and African American Men TRACEY: How would you describe your relationships among various racial or ethnic groups in your community? VINCE: At a boiling point, hectic. Ready to explode any time. Between blacks and whites, it's like a hatred thing. No trust. " But when everything is done and said, they don't trust each other. So how could you love somebody you don't trust?

Rodney King].  . So it's like ready to explode. The State of Working America (Mishel and Bernstein, 1994, 1997), released by the Economic Policy Institute, confirms what economists like Henry Levin and Russell Rumberger (1987) have been saying for a number of years now. Real wages for the average American worker have declined by almost 10 percent during the 1980s, and, as a result, living standards have worsened for most workers and their families. At the same time, the income gap between the very rich and the average American worker has grown considerably larger.

Both groups of men are currently leading lives of pain, frustration, and passion, lives which are directly linked to historically rooted racism, patriarchy, the privileging of white skin, and the new economy, as well as the dismantling of the urban public sector. Given their historically distinct racial trajectories, we ask first of all, where do these men lodge social critique? Where do they locate the "cause" of and imagine the Page 19 remedy for the troubles they endure? Our analysis of "critique" does not stem from data gathered in response to direct questions about critique per se.

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