Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies

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Life after Guns

Reciprocity and Respect among Young Men in Liberia

Rutgers University Press

Life After Guns explores how ex-combatants and other post-war youth negotiated a depleted and difficult social and cultural landscape in the years following Liberia’s fourteen-year bloody civil war. Abby Hardgrove focuses on the structural constraints and household and family organizations that either helped or limited opportunities as these young men grew into adulthood.  
 

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Why Afterschool Matters

Rutgers University Press

Offering an in-depth and long-term examination of how extracurricular activities impact the lives of disadvantaged youth, Why Afterschool Matters tracks ten Mexican American students who participated in the same afterschool program. Discovering that participation in the program was life-changing for some students, yet had only a minimal effect on others, sociologist Ingrid A. Nelson investigates the factors behind these very different outcomes. Though it focuses on a single program, this book’s findings have major implications for education policy nationwide.  

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Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States

Reimagining Survivors

Rutgers University Press

Drawing on interviews with 140 children from countries all over the globe, Elzbieta M. Gozdziak debunks the myths and uncovers the realities of trafficked children. Trafficked Children in the United States offers insight into how the children see themselves, contrasting their viewpoint with the institutional focus 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.

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Kids in the Middle

How Children of Immigrants Negotiate Community Interactions for Their Families

Rutgers University Press

 Kids in the Middle explores how children of immigrants use their language capabilities, knowledge of American culture, and facility with media content and devices to help their parents forge connections with local schools, healthcare facilities, and social services as they adjust to life in the United States. Through in-depth inquiry in one Southern California community, Vikki S. Katz explores the important contributions children make to the functioning of their immigrant families and considers what social workers and parents in diverse community can do to support them.  

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Defining Student Success

The Role of School and Culture

Rutgers University Press

A provocative work that will prompt a thorough reevaluation of the culture of secondary education, Defining Student Success shows how different schools, promoting modified versions of larger cultural ideas of success, foster distinct understandings of what it takes to succeed—understandings that do more to reproduce a socioeconomic status quo than to promote upward mobility.

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Life on the Malecón

Children and Youth on the Streets of Santo Domingo

Rutgers University Press

Life on the Malecón is a narrative ethnography of the lives of street children and youth living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the non-governmental organizations that provide social services for them. Writing from the perspective of an anthropologist working as a street educator with a child welfare organization, Jon M. Wolseth follows the intersecting lives of children, the institutions they come into contact with, and the relationships they have with each other, their families, and organization workers.

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