Falling Back

Falling Back

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Jamie J. Fader documents the transition to adulthood for a particularly vulnerable population: young inner-city men of color who have, by the age of eighteen, already been imprisoned. How, she asks, do such precariously situated youth become adult men? What are the sources of change in their lives? Falling Back is based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address a€œcriminal thinking errorsa€ among juvenile drug offenders. Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles. This in-depth ethnographic approach allowed her to portray the complexities of human decision-making as these men strove to a€œfall back, a€ or avoid reoffending, and become productive adults. Her work makes a unique contribution to sociological understandings of the transitions to adulthood, urban social inequality, prisoner reentry, and desistance from offending.God meant for me to do something more when He decided to let me live when so many people died [in the church van ... working as a security guard at the citya#39;s recycling plant, a groundskeeper at a city golf course, and a furniture mover in his anbsp;...

Title:Falling Back
Author:Jamie J. Fader
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2013-04-15


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