Daily Archives: April 4, 2012

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

The punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the came of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal insecurity but to the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of … Continue reading

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Can democracy represent children and youth? Toward a politics of difference

Children and youth under 18 have made significant strides in recent years toward fuller inclusion in democratic processes. These strides, however, rarely rise to the level of direct political representation, whether in changing policies, making laws, or voting. This article … Continue reading

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Politics and economics in global questions about childhood and youth . . .

Are we failing in our combined research endeavours to get at the core questions facing children and young people today? What can we expect to do, and how? Recent global events seem to suggest that we should be paying increasing … Continue reading

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Sociology of the Family and Childhood

The sociology of the family examines the family as an institution and a unit of socialization. This unit of socialization is identified through various sociological perspectives; particularly with regards to the relationship between the nuclear family and industrial capitalism, and … Continue reading

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Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility

Children born into poor families tend to stay poor and children born into wealthy families generally stay rich. Other countries have shown more success at lessening the effects of inequality on mobility—possibly by making public investments in education, health, and … Continue reading

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Class Differences in Spending on Children

In her excellent article “Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families,” Annette Lareau looks at differences in childrearing strategies, finding that class differences were more important than racial differences. Lareau argued that childrearing methods are … Continue reading

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Children Early Care and Learning

The early years of a child’s life present a unique opportunity to foster healthy development, and research has underscored the importance of the first five years of life – both positive and negative experiences – in shaping children’s cognitive, behavioral, … Continue reading

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Children in Poverty

Most of Children in Poverty have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also … Continue reading

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