Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice by Lynn NybellChildhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice by Lynn Nybell

Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice

EditorLynn Nybell, Jeffrey Shook, Janet Finn

Hardcover | January 30, 2009

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Social workers today not only face competing claims concerning the rights and needs of children and youth, but they also confront contradictions between policy and practice. Social workers are expected to fight for the best interests of the child, even though financial support for children's welfare and education grows scarce. They are asked to save "children at risk," while, at the same time, they are urged to protect communities from "risky children"; and they are encouraged to "leave no child behind," while also implementing "zero tolerance" policies to keep educational environments free from troubled youth.

A cutting-edge text that deals directly with the confusion and complexity of modern child welfare, Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation features contributions from a truly interdisciplinary group of practitioners, scholars, and activists. Examining the theoretical, political, and practical aspects of working with youth today, this volume breaks free from existing modes of thought and strategies of practice and prompts readers to critically reflect on accepted approaches and new possibilities of action.

Contributors analyze how economic, political, and cultural changes over the last several decades have reshaped the experiences and representations of children and youth in the United States. They examine conceptions of troubled children and youth in contemporary policies and programs and assess why certain discourses about troubling youth are so compelling to professionals, policymakers, and the public. In conclusion, these skilled professionals explore the reinvention of social work policy and practice, including the need to forge relationships that respect the experiences, rights, and personhood of children and youth.

Lynn M. Nybell is professor of social work at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. in social work and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her research interests include examining constructions of childhood in contemporary social work policy and practice.Jeffrey J. Shook is an assistant professor of social work ...
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Title:Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pagesPublished:January 30, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Rosemary SarriAcknowledgmentsIntroduction and Conceptual Framework, by Lynn M. Nybell, Jeffrey J. Shook, and Janet L. FinnPart I: Exploring Changing Discourses of Childhood and Youth 1. Making Trouble: Representations of Social Work, Youth, and Pathology, by Janet L. Finn2. Missing Children: Representing Children Away from Placement, by Lynn M. Nybell3. It Ain't as Simple as It Seems: Risky Youths in School, Morality, and Service Markets, by Linwood H. Cousins4. "Stop the Superjail for Kids": Youth Activism to Reclaim Childhood in the Juvenile Justice System, by Jennifer Tilton5. Good Mothers/Teen Mothers: Claiming Rights and Responsibilities, by Deborah Freedman Lustig6. The Well-Being of Children and the Question of Attachment, by Kerrie Ghenie and Charlie WellensteinPart II: Contexts and Settings 7. Childhood by Geography: Toward a Framework of Rights, Responsibilities, and EntitlementsJeffrey J. Shook8. From "Youth Home" to "Juvenile Detention": Constructing Disciplined Children in Detroit, by Luke Bergmann9. Educating All Our Children, by Ruth Zweifler10. Constructing Ability and Disability Among Preschoolers in the Crestview Headstart Program, by Patricia A. Jessup11. Children and Youth in a Medicalized World: Young People's Agency in Mental Health Treatment, by Ben Stride-Darnley12. Accounting for Risk: Children and Youth in Community-based Reform, by Lynn M. Nybell13. At Risk for Becoming Neoliberal Subjects: Rethinking the "Normal" Middle-Class Family, by Rachel HeimanPart III: Reinventing Social Work with Children and Youth 14. Child's-Eye View, by Janet L. Finn15. On Project SpeakOUT, by Derrick Jackson16. The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project: A Case Study in Law and Social Justice, by Maryam Ahranjani17. "You May Even be President of the United States One Day"? Challenging Commercialized Feminism in Programming for Girls in Juvenile Justice, by Sara Goodkind18. Youth Uprising: Gritty Youth Leadership Development and Communal Transformation, by Jennifer Tilton19. Young People as Leaders in Conflict Resolution, by Charles D. Garvin20. Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project: Foster Youth as Teachers to Transform Social Work, by Lori Fryzel and Jamie Lee EvansAfterwordAbout the ContributorsIndex

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A welcome addition to the literature and a thoughtful contribution to social work practice.