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Jacked Up and Unjust Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies

by Katherine Irwin, Karen Umemoto

Jacked Up and Unjust Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies Synopsis

In the context of two hundred years of American colonial control in the Pacific, Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto shed light on the experiences of today's inner city and rural girls and boys in Hawai'i who face racism, sexism, poverty, and political neglect. Basing their book on nine years of ethnographic research, the authors highlight how legacies of injustice endure, prompting teens to fight for dignity and the chance to thrive in America, a nation that the youth describe as inherently jacked up -rigged-and unjust. While the story begins with the youth battling multiple contingencies, it ends on a hopeful note with many of the teens overcoming numerous hardships, often with the guidance of steadfast, caring adults.

Jacked Up and Unjust Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies Press Reviews

Irwin and Umemoto skillfully emphasize how racial inequalities have developed in a context that supports the oppression of persons of color... The book is based on extensive ethnographic research, and Irwin and Umemoto approached it in an innovative way, defining themselves as supportive adults rather than as shadowing or participating in the youths' lives. Journal of Children and Poverty

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520283039
Publication date: 7th October 2016
Author: Katherine Irwin, Karen Umemoto
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 232 pages
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About Katherine Irwin, Karen Umemoto

Katherine Irwin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. She is the coauthor with Meda Chesney-Lind of Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence, and Hype. Karen Umemoto is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. She is the author of The Truce: Lessons from an L.A. Gang War.

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