Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation Implications for Policy and Practice

ISBN-10: 0231141408
ISBN-13: 9780231141406
Edition: 2009
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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/30/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Social workers today encounter competing claims concerning the needs and rights of children and youth while facing new dilemmas regarding policy and practice. They are urged to serve children's best interests where support for children's welfare and education becomes more precarious. They are asked to save "children at risk" but at the same time protect communities from "risky children," and they are encouraged to "leave no child behind" while implementing "zero tolerance" policies that exclude troubled children from school settings. This interdisciplinary group of contributors examines the theoretical, political, and practical aspects of working with youth today, carefully grounding their work in the sociology of childhood. Beginning with the question "What is the nature of childhood?" this edited collection breaks loose from existing modes of thought and strategies of practice, prompting readers to critically reflect on contemporary policies and practices and to imagine new possibilities of action.

Lynn M. Nybell is professor of social work at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. in social work and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her research interests include examining constructions of childhood in contemporary social work policy and practice.Jeffrey J. Shook is an assistant professor of social work and law at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph.D. in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan and a JD from American University, Washington College of Law. His research interests involve the intersections of law, policy, and practice in the lives of children and youth.Janet L. Finn is professor of social work and MSW program director at The University of Montana. She holds a Ph.D. in social work and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her research interests are in the areas of community practice, youth, gender, globalization, and critical social work theory.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Conceptual Framework
Exploring Changing Discourses of Childhood and Youth
Making Trouble: Representations of Social Work, Youth, and Pathology
Missing Children: Representing Young People Away from Placement
It Ain't as Simple as It Seems: Risky Youths, Morality, and Service Markets in Schools
"Stop the Super Jail for Kids": Youth Activism to Reclaim Childhood in the Juvenile Justice System
Good Mothers/Teen Mothers: Claiming Rights and Responsibilities
The Well-Being of Children and the Question of Attachment
Contexts and Settings
Childhood by Geography: Toward a Framework of Rights, Responsibilities, and Entitlements
From "Youth Home" to "Juvenile Detention": Constructing Disciplined Children in Detroit
Educating All Our Children
Constructing Ability and Disability Among Preschoolers in the Crestview Headstart Program
Children and Youth in a Medicalized World: Young People's Agency in Mental Health Treatment
Accounting for Risk: Children and Youth in Community-Based Reform
"At Risk" for Becoming Neoliberal Subjects: Rethinking the "Normal" Middle-Class Family
Reinventing Social Work with Children and Youth
Child's-Eye View
On Project SpeakOUT
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project: A Case Study in Law and Social Justice
"You May Even be President of the United States One Day"? Challenging Commercialized Feminism in Programming for Girls in Juvenile Justice
Youth Uprising: Gritty Youth Leadership Development and communal Transformation
Young People as Leaders in Conflict Resolution
Afterword
About the Contributors
Index

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