Lives on the Edge Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America

ISBN-10: 0226671844
ISBN-13: 9780226671840
Edition: N/A
Authors: Valerie Polakow
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/28/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

One out of five children, and one out of two single mothers, lives in destitution in America today. The feminization and "infantilization" of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private issue, and how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Written by a committed child advocate, Lives on the Edge draws on social, historical, feminist, and public policy perspectives to develop an informed, wide-ranging critique of American educational and social policy. Stark, penetrating, and unflinching in its first-hand portraits of single mothers in America today, this work challenges basic myths about justice and democracy.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Childhood Revisited
Motherhood and the Ideology of Care
The Other Motherhood: The Landscape of Single Mothers in Poverty
Young Mothers' Stories: Being Teenage, Black, and Single
Mothers' Stories: Contingency Continued
Inside Public Preschools: A View from Below
The Classroom Worlds of At-Risk Children: Five Portraits
Poor Children's Pedagogy: The Construction of At-Risk Students
Lives on the Edge Afterword: Some Reflections on the Future
Appendix: Some Notes on Method
Notes
Index

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