Increased economic inequality has created precarious pathways to adulthood for young disadvantagedmen. This introductory chapter explains how unequal social arrangements shape transitions to adulthood for young disadvantaged men and highlights the contributions of each chapter to this important discussion.
2. Taking Boys Out of the Hood: Exile as a Parenting Strategy for African American Male Youth 11Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., Mischelle Van Brakle, Christopher St. Vil
For poor African American parents with low levels of social capital, the solution to saving the lives of young African American males is moving them out of the context of inner–city poverty. The authors explain the origins and implications of exile as a parenting strategy.
3. The Regular Routine : Proactive Policing and Adolescent Development Among Young, Poor Black Men 33Nikki Jones
New targeted policing practices are the latest incursion contributing to a system that has sent more and more low–income young men to prisons. The author considers how the entrenchment of the criminal justice system in distressed urban neighborhoods shapes the life space of young men as they transition to adulthood.
4. Growing Up as Man of the House : Adultification and Transition Into Adulthood for Young Men in Economically Disadvantaged Families 55Kevin Roy, Lauren Messina, Jocelyn Smith, Damian Waters
Young men in economically disadvantaged families often take on adult responsibilities and expectations at early ages. The authors explain how young men make sense of these accelerated pressures and illustrate the later–life consequences of adultification as these men transition to adulthood.
5. Fathers Accounts of Struggle and Growth in Early Adulthood: An Exploratory Study of Disadvantaged Men 73Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Jack K. Day, Doris Cancel–Tirado, Debra Minar Driscoll
Examining the experiences of disadvantaged Latino and White fathers in nonurban settings, the authors show how fatherhood can create new struggles and provide opportunities for growth. In some cases, fatherhood can serve as a gateway to adult development for these disadvantaged men.