As the economy constricts, it seems living with a chronic sense of fear and anxiety is the new normal for a growing number of urban females. Many females are susceptible to victimization by cumulative strands of violence in school, their communities, families and partnerships. Exposure to violence has been shown to contribute to physical and mental health problems, a propensity for substance abuse, transience and homelessness, and unsurprisingly, poor school attendance and performance. What does a girl do when there is no place to get away from this, and even school is a danger zone? Why have so many educators turned their attention away from the reality of violence against girls? Why is there a tendency to categorize such violence as just another example of the general concept of "bullying?"
Critical educators who research the effects of current market logics on the schooling of marginalized youth have yet fully to focus on this issue. In this volume, sociologists Burton and Garrett-Peters, along with their fellow contributors, put the reality of violence in the lives of urban school girls back on the map, investigates answers to the above questions, and presents suggestions for change.