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Stakes Is High
Trials, Lessons, and Triumphs in Young Black Men's Educational Journeys
Stakes Is High
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Derrick R. Brooms - Author
SUNY series, Critical Race Studies in Education
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 314 pages
Release Date: December 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8653-6

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A rich, authentic account of eight young Black men's experiences on their paths to and through college.

Through detailed accounting of a select group of Black young men’s experiences, with interviews that span over seven years, Derrick R. Brooms provides accounts of these young men’s pathways from secondary school through college and the trials, lessons, and triumphs they experience along the way. As opposed to the same old stories about young Black men, Brooms offers new narratives that speak to Black boys’ and young men’s agency, aspirations, hope, and possibilities—even as they feel contested and constrained because they are Black and male, have to navigate challenging social conditions and life experiences, and as they anchor their educational desires within their families and communities. Critical to their journeys are the range of stakes that they face in public discourse and societal projections, in their home neighborhoods and schooling community, in educational environments, and in their health and well-being. Brooms expertly displays and argues that understanding the lives of Black boys and young men and their educational journeys must account for the sociocultural contexts of their lives.

“This book is unique in that is offers the readers an opportunity to learn the experiences of eight African American young men’s educational journey in a nonjudgmental assessment. Too often, African American boys, young men, and men are viewed through a stereotypical and dysfunctional lens. Brooms humanizes them by allowing them to tell their stories; the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautifully resilient.” — William A. Smith, University of Utah

Derrick R. Brooms is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences, also published by SUNY Press.

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