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Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama
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1/21/2014 at 5:15:09 PM GMT
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Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

"A classic ethnographic study of rural children, their community, and their school."

Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama (University Press of Mississippi) attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are "problematic" to explore what their daily lives actually entail. Author Angela McMillan Howell travels to the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate what it is like for a young black person to grow up in the contemporary rural South.

What she finds is that the young people of Hamilton are neither idly passing their time in a stereotypically languid setting, nor are they being corrupted by hip hop culture and the perils of the urban north, as many pundits suggest. Rather, they are dynamic and diverse young people making their way through the structures that define the twenty-first-century South.

Howell has authored one of the few contemporary ethnographies that focuses primarily on rural African American youth. Told through the poignant stories of several high school students, Raised Up Down Yonder reveals a group that is often rendered invisible in society. Blended families, football sagas, crunk music, expanding social networks, and a nearby segregated prom are just a few of the fascinating juxtapositions.

Howell uses personal biography, historical accounts, sociolinguistic analysis, and community narratives to illustrate persistent racism, class divisions, and resistance in a new context. She addresses contemporary issues, such as moral panics regarding the future of youth in America and educational policies that may be well meaning but are ultimately misguided.

Angela Mcmillan Howell is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Morgan State University. Her work has been published in the Journal of African American Studies and Anthropology Now.

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