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Black Child-Savers Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice

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ISBN-10: 0226873188

ISBN-13: 9780226873183

Edition: 2012

Authors: Geoff K. Ward

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During the Progressive Era, a rehabilitative agenda took hold of American juvenile justice, materializing as a citizen-and-state-building project and mirroring the unequal racial politics of American democracy itself. Alongside this liberal "manufactory of citizens,” a parallel structure was enacted: a Jim Crow juvenile justice system that endured across the nation for most of the twentieth century. InThe Black Child Savers, the first study of the rise and fall of Jim Crow juvenile justice, Geoff Ward examines the origins and organization of this separate and unequal juvenile justice system. Ward explores how generations of “black child-savers” mobilized to challenge the threat to black youth and community interests and how this struggle grew aligned with a wider civil rights movement, eventually forcing the formal integration of American juvenile justice. Ward’s book reveals nearly a century of struggle to build a more democratic model of juvenile justice—an effort that succeeded in part, but ultimately failed to deliver black youth and community to liberal rehabilitative ideals. At once an inspiring story about the shifting boundaries of race, citizenship, and democracy in America and a crucial look at the nature of racial inequality,The Black Child Saversis a stirring account of the stakes and meaning of social justice.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Geoff K. Ward is associate professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Juvenile Justice
The Origins and Organization of Jim Crow Juvenile Justice
Citizen Delinquent: Race, Liberal Democracy, and the Rehabilitative Ideal
No Refuge under the Law: Racialized Foundations of Juvenile Justice Reform
Birth of a Juvenile Court
The Social Organization of Jim Crow Justice
Rewriting the Racial Contract: The Black Child-Saving Movement
Uplifting Black Citizens Delinquent: The Vanguard Movement, 1900-1930
Institutionalizing Racial Justice: The Black Surrogate Parental State, 1930-65
The Early Spoils of Integration
Conclusion: The Declining Significance of Inclusion