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Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity

Women without Class Girls Race and Identity In this examination of white and Mexican American girls coming of age in California s Central Valley Julie Bettie turns class theory on its head and offers new tools for understanding the ways in whi

  • Title: Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity
  • Author: Julie Bettie
  • ISBN: 9780520235427
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this examination of white and Mexican American girls coming of age in California s Central Valley, Julie Bettie turns class theory on its head and offers new tools for understanding the ways in which class identity is constructed and, at times, fails to be constructed in relationship to color, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality Documenting the categories of subculture anIn this examination of white and Mexican American girls coming of age in California s Central Valley, Julie Bettie turns class theory on its head and offers new tools for understanding the ways in which class identity is constructed and, at times, fails to be constructed in relationship to color, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality Documenting the categories of subculture and style that high school students use to explain class and racial ethnic differences among themselves, Bettie depicts the complex identity performances of contemporary girls The title, Women Without Class, refers at once to young working class women who have little cultural capital to enable class mobility, to the fact that class analysis and social theory has remained insufficiently transformed by feminist and ethnic studies, and to the fact that some feminist analysis has itself been complicit in the failure to theorize women as class subjects Bettie s research and analysis make a case for analytical and political attention to class, but not at the expense of attention to other axes of identity and social formations.

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    1 thought on “Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity

    1. An excellent ethnography. Finally someone who wants to look at the issues of gender, class, and race in a paradoxical and pragmatic way. Every step along the way, Bettie refuses to look at things in dualistic terms. Her explanation of culture as performance and performative will definitely shape the way I look at people of all cultures, and the way I study sociology.

    2. This is an incredible ethnography. Such careful attention to the too often ignored intersectionality of gender, race, and class. As well, the author's attention to her own positionality and bias is refreshing and should be a model for all qualitative researchers.

    3. Although the idea of intersectionality has become popular in feminist theory, many people tend to focus too much attention on the relationship between gender and race. In this ethnographic study Julie Bettie attempts to look at how young girls understand racial and class differences, emphasizing how class has just as much effect as race does although the latter more often comes to the forefront. Bettie conducts her research at a California Central Valley high school, focusing on young lower/work [...]

    4. A really good ethnographic study, looking very closely at issues of class in the US. I would recommend it to anyone interested in ethnographic research methodology, socioeconomic class as a factor in education, US education policies.

    5. Excellent analysis and study of the intersection of class, race, and gender. Its focus on highschool girls makes this a great read for girls' studies scholars - especially because so much of the scholarship renders class invisible. Because the content is so important, I would have liked for the language (especially the forward) to be more accessible to a non-academic audience, but it's a great "must read" overall.

    6. ED161: Sociology and Anthropology of the School. Being 8 years out from my own high school experience gave me space to consider tracking, social/racial dynamics, and other issues that I didn't consider much at the time. Bettie's concept application of "moral panics" to concerns about youth culture (particularly gangs and teen pregnancy) was particularly helpful.

    7. One of the best examinations of intersectionality around, including a truly impressive deconstruction of the ways class differences manifest themselves culturally (in addition to the more highly visible and easily essentialized gender and race). My one complaint is that Bettie failed to do much problematizing of gendered presentations of self.

    8. Read this for my Women of Color Feminism class and found it decent. I really struggled with the jargon of the second chapter (academic theory, yeesh!) but beyond that I was able to follow along fairly easily. While an interesting study it had its shortcomings and showed its age at times. Overall, okay.

    9. This was a great read about how class, race, and identity affect young Mexican-American and White girls attending high schools in the Central Valley (California). I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in sociological issues, or even anthropological issues (such as gender).

    10. A great ethnographic study of social class among girls in a California high school. Reminiscent of Paul Willis' study of working class lads in England in 'Learning to Labor.'

    11. bettie's book was disappointing. not rigorous in its analysis of racial formation(s) and also still stuck in classic (and boring) problems of ethnography and ethnographic method. boo.

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