Book Review: 'Coming of Age in the Other America'

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This at-times overwhelming study draws on a decade of fieldwork by Johns Hopkins sociologists DeLuca and Edin (with St. Joseph University colleague Clampet-Lundquist). Coming of Age (Russell Sage Foundation) provides an eye-opening look at the role that neighborhoods play in a young person's journey from childhood to adulthood in Baltimore's public housing system and a federal housing relocation program.

The authors provide chart after chart of data analysis that should be consulted when reforming contemporary affordable housing policies, as well as background research, including a detailed history of Baltimore's high-rise public housing construction and demolition, that cannot be found in mainstream journalism.