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

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Pub. Date: 2000-11-01
Publisher(s): Teachers College Pr
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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; and The increasing trend towards 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.

Author Biography

Valerie Polakow is a professor of education at Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Jonathan Kozol
Introduction Savage Policies: Systemic Violence and the Lives of Children 1(20)
Valerie Polakow
Part I: Poverty, Violence, and the Lived Realities of Children
A Crucible of Contradictions: Historical Roots of Violence Against Children in the United States
Barbara Finkelstein
Poverty and Environmentally Induced Damage to Children
Sue Books
Poverty and Youth Violence: Not All Risk Factors Are Created Equal
Joseph A. Vorrasi
James Garbarino
Framing Children in the News: The Face and Color of Youth Crime in America
LynNell Hancock
Part II: Schools, Violence, and Zero-Tolerance Policies
America's Least Wanted: Zero-Tolerance Policies and the Fate of Expelled Students
Sasha Polakow-Suransky
Listen First: How Student Perspectives on Violence Can Be Used to Create Safer Schools
Pedro A. Noguera
Part III: Juvenile Injustice
``Look Out, Kid, It's Something You Did'': The Criminalization of Children
Bernadine Dohrn
Throwaway Children: Conditions of Confinement and Incarceration
James Bell
Afterword 211(2)
Maxine Greene
About the Editor and the Contributors 213(4)
Index 217

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