The Public Assault on America's Children: Poverty, Violence, and Juvenile Injustice / Edition 1

The Public Assault on America's Children: Poverty, Violence, and Juvenile Injustice / Edition 1

by Valerie Polakow
     
 

Does our society care about its children? This provocative and in-depth examination of violence in the lives of children uncovers the conditions and social policies that perpetuate violence. In addition, this volume forces us to look at other forms of violence confronting children in families, neighborhoods, and schools: The violence of poverty and homelessness. The… See more details below

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Does our society care about its children? This provocative and in-depth examination of violence in the lives of children uncovers the conditions and social policies that perpetuate violence. In addition, this volume forces us to look at other forms of violence confronting children in families, neighborhoods, and schools: The violence of poverty and homelessness. The violence of environmentally induced childhood diseases. The media and legislative "criminalization" of children. The increasing trend toward incarceration of youthful offenders. The pre-eminent contributors to this volume examine these issues from both historical and contemporary public policy perspectives. They address the myths and realities of youth violence and the impact of poverty, race, and gender. Prevailing ideas about punishment and retribution, the role of the state in terms of private or public responsibility, and the developmental needs of the child are all themes that frame the multiple advocacy perspectives presented by these cogent essays.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807739839
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Series:
Teaching for Social Justice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,468,829
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Savage Policies: Systemic Violence and the Lives of Children1
1A Crucible of Contradictions: Historical Roots of Violence Against Children in the United States21
2Poverty and Environmentally Induced Damage to Children42
3Poverty and Youth Violence: Not All Risk Factors Are Created Equal59
4Framing Children in the News: The Face and Color of Youth Crime in America78
5America's Least Wanted: Zero-Tolerance Policies and the Fate of Expelled Students101
6Listen First: How Student Perspectives on Violence Can Be Used to Create Safer Schools130
7"Look Out, Kid, It's Something You Did": The Criminalization of Children157
8Throwaway Children: Conditions of Confinement and Incarceration188
Afterword211
About the Editor and the Contributors213
Index217

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