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The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation (Paperback): Madeleine Leonard The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation (Paperback)
Madeleine Leonard
R632 R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Save R48 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Outlining sociology's distinctive contribution to childhood studies and our understanding of contemporary children and childhood, The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation provides a thought provoking and comprehensive account of the connections between the macro worlds of childhood and the micro worlds of children's everyday lives. Examining children's involvement in areas such as the labour market, family life, education, play and leisure, the book provides an effective balance between understanding childhood as a structural phenomenon, and recognising children as meaning makers actively involved in constructing, co-constructing and reconstructing their everyday lives. Through the concept of 'generagency' Madeleine Leonard offers a model for examining and illuminating how structure and agency are activated within interdependent relationships influenced by generational positioning. This framework provides a conceptual tool for thinking about the continuities, challenges and changes that impact on how childhood is lived and experienced.

Compassionate Confinement - A Year in the Life of Unit C (Hardcover, New): Laura S. Abrams, Ben Anderson-Nathe Compassionate Confinement - A Year in the Life of Unit C (Hardcover, New)
Laura S. Abrams, Ben Anderson-Nathe
R2,497 Discovery Miles 24 970 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

To date, knowledge of the everyday world of the juvenile correction institution has been extremely sparse. Compassionate Confinement brings to light the challenges and complexities inherent in the U.S. system of juvenile corrections. Building on over a year of field work at a boys' residential facility, Laura S. Abrams and Ben Anderson-Nathe provide a context for contemporary institutions and highlight some of the system's most troubling tensions. This ethnographic text utilizes narratives, observations, and case examples to illustrate the strain between treatment and correctional paradigms and the mixed messages regarding gender identity and masculinity that the youths are expected to navigate. Within this context, the authors use the boys' stories to show various and unexpected pathways toward behavior change. While some residents clearly seized opportunities for self-transformation, others manipulated their way toward release, and faced substantial challenges when they returned home. Compassionate Confinement concludes with recommendations for rehabilitating this notoriously troubled system in light of the experiences of its most vulnerable stakeholders.

Compassionate Confinement - A Year in the Life of Unit C (Paperback): Laura S. Abrams, Ben Anderson-Nathe Compassionate Confinement - A Year in the Life of Unit C (Paperback)
Laura S. Abrams, Ben Anderson-Nathe
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

To date, knowledge of the everyday world of the juvenile correction institution has been extremely sparse. Compassionate Confinement brings to light the challenges and complexities inherent in the U.S. system of juvenile corrections. Building on over a year of field work at a boys' residential facility, Laura S. Abrams and Ben Anderson-Nathe provide a context for contemporary institutions and highlight some of the system's most troubling tensions. This ethnographic text utilizes narratives, observations, and case examples to illustrate the strain between treatment and correctional paradigms and the mixed messages regarding gender identity and masculinity that the youths are expected to navigate. Within this context, the authors use the boys' stories to show various and unexpected pathways toward behavior change. While some residents clearly seized opportunities for self-transformation, others manipulated their way toward release, and faced substantial challenges when they returned home. Compassionate Confinement concludes with recommendations for rehabilitating this notoriously troubled system in light of the experiences of its most vulnerable stakeholders.

The Deepest Well - Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity (Paperback): Nadine Burke Harris The Deepest Well - Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity (Paperback)
Nadine Burke Harris
R301 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R57 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Learning Race, Learning Place - Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods (Hardcover): Erin N. Winkler Learning Race, Learning Place - Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods (Hardcover)
Erin N. Winkler
R2,502 Discovery Miles 25 020 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In an American society both increasingly diverse and increasingly segregated, the signals children receive about race are more confusing than ever. In this context, how do children negotiate and make meaning of multiple and conflicting messages to develop their own ideas about race? Learning Race, Learning Place engages this question using in-depth interviews with an economically diverse group of African American children and their mothers. Through these rich narratives, Erin N. Winkler seeks to reorient the way we look at how children develop their ideas about race through the introduction of a new framework-comprehensive racial learning-that shows the importance of considering this process from children's points of view and listening to their interpretations of their experiences, which are often quite different from what the adults around them expect or intend. At the children's prompting, Winkler examines the roles of multiple actors and influences, including gender, skin tone, colour-blind rhetoric, peers, family, media, school, and, especially, place. She brings to the fore the complex and understudied power of place, positing that while children's racial identities and experiences are shaped by a national construction of race, they are also specific to a particular place that exerts both direct and indirect influence on their racial identities and ideas.

Learning Race, Learning Place - Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods (Paperback): Erin N. Winkler Learning Race, Learning Place - Shaping Racial Identities and Ideas in African American Childhoods (Paperback)
Erin N. Winkler
R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In an American society both increasingly diverse and increasingly segregated, the signals children receive about race are more confusing than ever. In this context, how do children negotiate and make meaning of multiple and conflicting messages to develop their own ideas about race? Learning Race, Learning Place engages this question using in-depth interviews with an economically diverse group of African American children and their mothers. Through these rich narratives, Erin N. Winkler seeks to reorient the way we look at how children develop their ideas about race through the introduction of a new framework-comprehensive racial learning-that shows the importance of considering this process from children's points of view and listening to their interpretations of their experiences, which are often quite different from what the adults around them expect or intend. At the children's prompting, Winkler examines the roles of multiple actors and influences, including gender, skin tone, colour-blind rhetoric, peers, family, media, school, and, especially, place. She brings to the fore the complex and understudied power of place, positing that while children's racial identities and experiences are shaped by a national construction of race, they are also specific to a particular place that exerts both direct and indirect influence on their racial identities and ideas.

Ambivalent Encounters - Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India (Paperback, New): Jenny Huberman Ambivalent Encounters - Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India (Paperback, New)
Jenny Huberman
R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Jenny Huberman provides an ethnographic study of encounters between western tourists and the children who work as unlicensed peddlers and guides along the riverfront city of Banaras, India. She examines how and why these children elicit such powerful reactions from western tourists and locals in their community as well as how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful. Ambivalent Encounters brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to ask why children emerge as objects of the international tourist gaze; what role they play in representing socio-economic change; how children are valued and devalued; why they elicit anxieties, fantasies, and debates; and what these tourist encounters teach us more generally about the nature of human interaction. Huberman examines the role of gender in mediating experiences of social change: girls are praised by locals for participating constructively in the informal tourist economy while boys are accused of deviant behavior. Huberman is interested equally in the children's and adults' perspectives. Her own experiences as a western visitor and researcher provide an intriguing entry into her interpretations.

The Story of London (Paperback): Richard Brassey The Story of London (Paperback)
Richard Brassey 2
R141 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R29 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Roman Londinium, Saxon Lundenwic, the medieval City of London, the great metropolis that has survived the Plague, the Fire and the Blitz - it's all here, along with the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Madam Tussaud's, the London Eye and all the famous landmarks. Richard Brassey has a gift for focussing on just the colourful details children will enjoy, and on each page the narrative breaks out into stories, anecdotes, jokes, fascinating facts and accounts of famous Londoners. With excitingly busy pages packed with lively pictures and witty captions, this is a brilliant introduction to London past and present.

Key Concepts in Childhood Studies (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Allison James, Adrian L. James Key Concepts in Childhood Studies (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Allison James, Adrian L. James
R563 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R40 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Arranged alphabetically, core ideas about 'Agency' and 'Development' through to 'Socialisation' and 'Youth' are explained in straightforward language, with a concise introduction to key theoretical debates, as well as up to date references." - Martin Woodhead, The Open University "A challenging text that is recommended for all levels of the BA in Childhood Studies programme. The short, focussed chapters provide students with a comprehensive overview of a topic which they can then research in further depth." - Sharron Galley, Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College "This book gives a fantastic first look at many key concepts which are new to students in a way that is easily approachable and understandable. A great place to start further studies." - Kathryn Peckham, Chichester University This book has already proved itself as a market leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.

Unhappy Children - Reasons and Remedies (Paperback): Heather Smith Unhappy Children - Reasons and Remedies (Paperback)
Heather Smith
R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When children's emotional needs are not met, they become unhappy. This text reveals their distress both at home and at school through fear, anxiety and often troublesome behaviour which is not easy to comprehend or understand. Three fundamental questions run through this book. What are the situations a child might encounter when growing up that can lead to a threat to his or her emotional well being? What emotional needs are not being met? What can be done to help that child recover a sense of well being and move on? In dealing with these questions the emphasis throughout the text is on the child's feelings but not to the exclusion of the feelings of the parents, since both are inevitably interwoven. The book presents the emotional problems of children in depth, and a variety of ways of dealing with those problems. The text is illustrated throughout with examples of children the author has encountered.

Childhoods in Context (Paperback, 2): Alison Clark Childhoods in Context (Paperback, 2)
Alison Clark
R614 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R40 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Childhoods in context offers a critical exploration of childhood, drawing attention to the physical and social context of children and young people's lives. Three key themes are explored: * Childhood is always located somewhere. The book offers insights into childhood by focusing on places specially designed for children as well as the territories that children develop for themselves. * Childhood is experienced through objects, people and places and through everyday routines. Discussions about childhood are rooted in the details of children's lives, whether on the street, in an institution or in different definitions of home. * Childhood and adult identities are relational. Definitions and understandings of childhood are dependent on how adulthood is viewed. These themes are explored through accounts of home and family, school, public spaces and sites of work in local and global settings. They raise questions about methodological approaches to understanding childhoods in context which is the focus of the concluding chapter. This is the third in a series of four books, written by experts in the field, which provides an introduction to childhood degree programmes and related modules. The series features international case studies, examples and readings to supplement the chapters, and is illustrated in full colour. Other books in the series are: * Understanding childhood: a cross-disciplinary approach * Children and young people's cultural worlds * Local childhoods, global issues

Childhood in Society for the Early Years (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Rory Clark Childhood in Society for the Early Years (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Rory Clark
R458 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R29 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Childhood can only be understood in relation to the multitude of social factors which surround it. This book is written for students doing degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines. It offers an introduction to the study of childhood and the different contexts within which childhood exists. The text encourages you to re-think childhood, exploring childhood from different contexts - from the child within the family, to the global perspective and the child's own perspective. It enables you to begin to understand childhood in relation to society and to develop the skills to look at childhood from a critical standpoint. This Third Edition includes a new chapter on 'The Evolution of Early Years Provision' adding essential context to the current situation. It has been updated in line with recent changes in the Early Years sector and includes some critical examination of the new Baseline Assessment.

Children with Gender Identity Disorder - A Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Analysis (Hardcover): Simona Giordano Children with Gender Identity Disorder - A Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Analysis (Hardcover)
Simona Giordano
R2,540 Discovery Miles 25 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How should we understand transgenderism, especially as it affects children and adolescents? Psychiatric manuals include transgenderism among mental illnesses (Gender Identity Disorder). Such inclusion is relatively recent, and even the words transsexual and transgender were coined only a few decades ago. Yet stories of children with an in-between gender have always been, albeit symbolically, a part of popular culture. Drawing on fairy tales, as well as from personal narratives and clinical studies, this book explains how "Gender Identity Disorder" manifests in children, critically evaluating various clinical approaches and examining the ethical and legal issues surrounding the care and treatment of these youths. The book argues that Gender Identity Disorder is not pathology, and that medicine and society should assist children in expressing themselves, without attempting to force them to adapt to a gender that does not match with their perceived identity.

Youth in Contemporary Europe (Paperback): Martha Worsching, Jeremy Leaman Youth in Contemporary Europe (Paperback)
Martha Worsching, Jeremy Leaman
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book examines the everyday living conditions experienced and also shaped by young people in Europe. Contributors reflect on the current context of economic, social and political change affecting youth in the critical transition from dependence to independence. The volume provides the reader with a multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary view of youth cultures, drawn from a variety of recent research throughout the continent.

Maintaining Segregation - Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955 (Hardcover): Leeann G Reynolds Maintaining Segregation - Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955 (Hardcover)
Leeann G Reynolds
R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Critical Practice with Children and Young People (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Martin Robb, Rachel Thomson, Heather Montgomery Critical Practice with Children and Young People (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Martin Robb, Rachel Thomson, Heather Montgomery
R573 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R38 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This valuable textbook for advanced students and practitioners helps readers cultivate a deeper knowledge and critical understanding of the contexts in which practice with children and young people takes place and to develop as critical reflective practitioners. This new edition is substantially updated to reflect the changes in the field since the publication of the first edition and contains multiple additional chapters discussing new and emerging topics.

Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy - A Skeptical Field Guide (Paperback): Stephen Hupp Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy - A Skeptical Field Guide (Paperback)
Stephen Hupp
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Most infants, children, and adolescents facing mental health challenges - including autism, psychosis, mania, depression, anxiety, and substance use - do not receive evidence-based treatments. Instead, they commonly receive ineffective and even harmful treatments. In this book, leading experts from the fields of clinical psychology, school psychology, developmental psychology, pediatric neurology, applied behavior analysis, and social work identify the most problematic psychotherapy interventions used for each mental health issue. In addition to these primary authors, each chapter includes a side bar from a specialist representing the disciplines of pediatrics, anthropology, neuroscience, and psychology. The contributors work in academia, hospitals, and private practice and include book authors, podcasters, and even a filmmaker. Not only does this book highlight the threats of potentially harmful pseudoscience, it also summarizes treatments that actually have a strong evidence base and deliver far more positive results.

Invisible No More - Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys (Hardcover): Pedro A. Noguera, Aida Hurtado,... Invisible No More - Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys (Hardcover)
Pedro A. Noguera, Aida Hurtado, Edward Fergus
R2,651 Discovery Miles 26 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Latino men and boys in the United States are confronted with a wide variety of hardships that are not easily explained or understood. They are populating prisons, dropping out of high school, and are becoming overrepresented in the service industry at alarming degrees. Young Latino men, especially, have among the lowest wages earned in the country, a rapidly growing rate of HIV/AIDS, and one of the highest mortality rates due to homicide. Although there has been growing interest in the status of men in American society, there is a glaring lack of research and scholarly work available on Latino men and boys.

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume, edited by renowned scholars Pedro Noguera, A?da Hurtado and Edward Fergus addresses the dearth of scholarship and information about Latino men and boys to further our understanding of the unique challenges and obstacles that they confront during this historical moment. The contributors represent a cross section of disciplines from health, criminal justice, education, literature, psychology, economics, labor, sociology and more. By drawing attention to the sweeping issues facing this segment of the population, this volume offers research and policy a set of principles and overarching guidelines for decreasing the invisibility and thus the disenfranchisement of Latino men and boys.

Key Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies (Hardcover): Derek Kassem, Lisa Murphy, Elizabeth Taylor Key Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies (Hardcover)
Derek Kassem, Lisa Murphy, Elizabeth Taylor
R2,131 Discovery Miles 21 310 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Key Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies presents an informed and critical commentary on a range of key issues related to children and childhood, from birth to eighteen years. Challenging current orthodoxies within the adult world on the nature of childhood, it is an essential text for students of childhood and youth studies as well as those studying relevant professional qualifications in social work, teaching and health.

Exploring ideas from the historical development of childhood to the demonising of youth, it is divided into five clearly defined sections, each with their own editorial introduction which highlights the key themes. The sections focus on:

  • the concept and creation of childhood
  • child development
  • ideas of risk, protection and childhood
  • the politics of childhood
  • international perspectives on childhood.

This invaluable textbook provides an overview of childhood and youth studies and encourages students to think about the issues discussed and to develop their own ideas. Each chapter contains student activities, key concept boxes, recommended further reading and a reflection exercise.

Children in New Religions (Paperback): Susan Jean Palmer, Charlotte E. Hardman Children in New Religions (Paperback)
Susan Jean Palmer, Charlotte E. Hardman
R789 Discovery Miles 7 890 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What's it like to grow up in a ""cult""? The late 1960s and early 1970s constituted a remarkable period for the proliferation of new religious groups. In the 1990s, a second generation has come of age and, in some groups, outnumber adults. While the parents made the decision as adults to drop out of mainstream society and embrace alternative religious goals, the children have been raised with a very different orientation toward the larger society; they grew up assimilating their unique subcultures, many of them gazing with curiosity at the surrounding society it was never their choice to reject. The essays in this volume explore two issues about children who are members of The Family, Hare Krishna, Wiccans and Pagans, Messianic Communities and the Rajneesh (Osho) Movement: what impact does the presence of children have on a new religion's chance of surviving into the future?; and is child abuse more likely to occur in unconventional religions, or are these allegations a new way to limit the freedom of religious minorities?

Penguin on a Scooter (Loose-leaf): Kate Endle Penguin on a Scooter (Loose-leaf)
Kate Endle
R209 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R75 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Meet a roller-skating bunny, a disco-dancing philly, a penguin on a scooter and other playful animals in this silly and adorable board book featurng lyrics from Caspar Babypants and collage art by artist Kate Endle. Toddlers will love this fun board book, featuring beautiful and playful collage art by indie artist Kate Endle and the clever word play of Seattle songwriter Caspar Babypants.

Generations of Youth - Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America (Paperback, New): Joe Alan Austin, Michael... Generations of Youth - Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America (Paperback, New)
Joe Alan Austin, Michael Willard
R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

America has long been fascinated by youth and its cultural expressions. The notion of "youth" has played a central role in processes of social reproduction and historical change throughout the twentieth century. But when we turn a critical eye to youth culture, we too often focus on youth as a passive and unchanging concept.

In Generations of Youth, Joe Austin and Michael Willard have brought together leading cultural critics from history, sociology, and cultural studies to explore the cultural expressions of twentieth- century youth. The contributors to the volume explore diverse popular culture practices such as Chicano rock-and-roll dancing; the Boy Scouts and heroism; 'zines and community; Native American boxing; African American hip-hop; fan clubs and femininity; Malcolm X's zoot suit; Filipino Mcintosh suits; lesbian, bisexual, and gay Internet culture; Chicano lowriding; skateboarding and the production of urban space; graffiti and spatial mobility; Native American pow wows; and post-punk, Generation X, and downward mobility. Generations of Youth considers the ways in which young people's autonomy and "youth" itself is produced in negotiation with adult authority and institutions of socialization.

The definitive volume on American youth cultures past and present, Generations of Youth traces the central ways in which historical meanings and experiences of youth intersect with other axes of the U.S. social hierarchy. We learn how race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and space intersect to affect our notions of youth and youth's notions of itself. Essays focus on the ways in which young people have appropriated and created cultural forms, practices, and social ideologies that are connected to changes in consumer and labor markets, to economies of prestige, and to received social hierarchies and traditions.

Contributors to the volume include Victoria Getis, Jay Mechling, Mary Odem, John Bloom, Georganne Scheiner, Paula Fass, Linda N. Espana-Maram, Robin D. G. Kelley, Matt Garcia, James T. Sears, Beth Bailey, Ernesto Chavez, Jeffrey Rangel, Ryan Moore, Kyra Gaunt, Robert Walser, William Wei, Susan Willis, David Roediger, Joanne Addison and Michelle Comstock, Rachel Buff, George Lipsitz, Brenda Bright, Stanley Aronowitz, and Steve Duncombe."

Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States - Reimagining Survivors (Paperback): Elzbieta M Gozdziak Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States - Reimagining Survivors (Paperback)
Elzbieta M Gozdziak
R641 Discovery Miles 6 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Trafficked children are portrayed by the media - and even by child welfare specialists - as hapless victims who are forced to migrate from a poor country to the United States, where they serve as sex slaves. But as Elzbieta M. Gozdziak reveals in Trafficked Children in the United States, the picture is far more complex. Basing her observations on research with 140 children, most of them girls, from countries all over the globe, Gozdziak debunks many myths and uncovers the realities of the captivity, rescue, and rehabilitation of trafficked children. She shows, for instance, that none of the girls and boys portrayed in this book were kidnapped or physically forced to accompany their traffickers. In many instances, parents, or smugglers paid by family members, brought the girls to the U.S. Without exception, the girls and boys in this study believed they were coming to the States to find employment and in some cases educational opportunities. Following them from the time they were trafficked to their years as young adults, Gozdziak gives the children a voice so they can offer their own perspective on rebuilding their lives - getting jobs, learning English, developing friendships, and finding love. Gozdziak looks too at how the children's perspectives compare to the ideas of child welfare programs, noting that the children focus on survival techniques while the institutions focus, not helpfully, on vulnerability and pathology. Gozdziak concludes that the services provided by institutions are in effect a one-size-fits-all, trauma-based model, one that ignores the diversity of experience among trafficked children. Breaking new ground, Trafficked Children in the United States offers a fresh take on what matters most to these young people as they rebuild their lives in America.

Surviving Post-Communism - Young People in the Former Soviet Union (Hardcover): Ken Roberts, S.C. Clarke, C Fagan, J. Tholen Surviving Post-Communism - Young People in the Former Soviet Union (Hardcover)
Ken Roberts, S.C. Clarke, C Fagan, J. Tholen
R2,398 Discovery Miles 23 980 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do young people survive in the era of high unemployment, persistent economic crises and poor living standards that characterise post-communist society in the former Soviet Union? This major original book - written by leading authorities in the field - shows how young people have managed to maintain optimism despite the very severe economic and social problems that beset the countries of the former Soviet Union. In most former Soviet countries the devastating initial shock of market reforms has been followed by precious little therapy. The effects have been most pronounced among young people as only a minority have prospered in the new market economies and inequalities have widened dramatically. Despite an all-round improvement in educational standards, most young people have been unable to obtain proper jobs. Housing and family transitions have been blocked. Uses of free time have shifted massively from the public into the private domain. Few young people have any confidence that their countries' political leaders will engineer solutions. Yet in spite of all this, the majority prefer the new uncertainties, and the merest prospect of the Western way of life, to the old guarantees. They are prepared to give the reforms more time to deliver, but this time is now fast running out. Surviving Post-communism will be an illuminating exposition of the realities of post-communist life for scholars of sociology and transition studies.

Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States - Reimagining Survivors (Hardcover): Elzbieta M Gozdziak Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States - Reimagining Survivors (Hardcover)
Elzbieta M Gozdziak
R2,494 Discovery Miles 24 940 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Trafficked children are portrayed by the media - and even by child welfare specialists - as hapless victims who are forced to migrate from a poor country to the United States, where they serve as sex slaves. But as Elzbieta M. Gozdziak reveals in Trafficked Children in the United States, the picture is far more complex. Basing her observations on research with 140 children, most of them girls, from countries all over the globe, Gozdziak debunks many myths and uncovers the realities of the captivity, rescue, and rehabilitation of trafficked children. She shows, for instance, that none of the girls and boys portrayed in this book were kidnapped or physically forced to accompany their traffickers. In many instances, parents, or smugglers paid by family members, brought the girls to the U.S. Without exception, the girls and boys in this study believed they were coming to the States to find employment and in some cases educational opportunities. Following them from the time they were trafficked to their years as young adults, Gozdziak gives the children a voice so they can offer their own perspective on rebuilding their lives - getting jobs, learning English, developing friendships, and finding love. Gozdziak looks too at how the children's perspectives compare to the ideas of child welfare programs, noting that the children focus on survival techniques while the institutions focus, not helpfully, on vulnerability and pathology. Gozdziak concludes that the services provided by institutions are in effect a one-size-fits-all, trauma-based model, one that ignores the diversity of experience among trafficked children. Breaking new ground, Trafficked Children in the United States offers a fresh take on what matters most to these young people as they rebuild their lives in America.

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