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The Digital Street$
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Jeffrey Lane

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199381265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199381265.001.0001

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Girls and Boys

Girls and Boys

(p.27) 2 Girls and Boys
The Digital Street

Jeffrey Lane

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 explains that street life moves online through girls and boys and their relations to one another. This chapter shows how girls and boys use social media to manage their encounters and the value this holds for girls especially, but boys as well. The author uses several cases, including JayVon and Denelle, to illustrate the ways in which interaction moves between the physical street and the digital street. The chapter then examines the feedback effects between gender and the street code. The author finds that whereas turf lines bind boys to their home streets, girls become brokers for themselves and boys dependent upon their loyalty. This chapter argues that focus only on the physical side of neighborhood interaction has led to the false assumption that boys control the street. By considering physical and digital space together, the mobility and centrality of girls in neighborhood networks become sharply clear.

Keywords:   girl, boy, social media, encounter, gender, broker, neighborhood, interaction, network

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