2010 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association; Race, Gender, and Class Section
2008 Finalist, The Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award
Much has been written about the challenges that face urban African American young men, but less is said about the harsh realities for African American young women in disadvantaged communities. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and even gang rape are not uncommon experiences. In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods.
Drawing from richly textured interviews with adolescent girls and boys, Miller brings a keen eye to the troubling realities of a world infused with danger and gender-based violence. These girls are isolated, ignored, and often victimized by those considered family and friends. Community institutions such as the police and schools that are meant to protect them often turn a blind eye, leaving girls to fend for themselves. Miller draws a vivid picture of the race and gender inequalities that harm these communitiesand how these result in deeply and dangerously engrained beliefs about gender that teach youths to see such violencerather than the result of broader social inequalitiesas deserved due to individual girls' flawed characters, i.e., she deserved it.
Through Miller's careful analysis of these engaging, often unsettling stories, Getting Played shows us not only how these young women are victimized, but how, despite vastly inadequate social support and opportunities, they struggle to navigate this dangerous terrain.
About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword by Ruth D. PetersonPreface Acknowledgments 1 Perspectives on Gender and Urban Violence 2 Gender ’n the ’Hood: Neighborhood Violence against Women and Girls 3 Playin’ Too Much: Sexual Harassment in School4 Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Sexual Coercion and Violence 5 The Playa’ and the Cool Pose: Gender and Relationship Violence 6 Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix: Study Participants Notes References IndexAbout the Author
What People are Saying About This
Miller's rich, mixed-methods approach gives the reader a more complete view of gendered violence by interviewing both young women and young men. Often, when studying "couples" or violence against women, only the women are interviewed.-Sex Roles,
“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege . . . she does a great job at showing how large societal forces have very real, individual, and private consequences.”
“In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods.”
-QBR,The Black Book Review
“The result of Miller’s information lode is a sometimes uplifting book. It is possible for government and private-sector programs to alleviate the violence against females, Miller believes—but not if those in charge lack the will and refuse to allocate the resources.”
-St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Miller’s analysis is spot-on and sensitive, illuminating the oft overseen effects and workings of privilege.”