Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child…

Paperback | April 3, 2008

byJames Garbarino

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Their haunting images appear on millions of television screens and in newspapers worldwide: Children huddled in refugee camps and exposed to violence in war zones. Children burdened by the emotional and physical scars of violent homes and communities. Children exploited by crass commercialism around the world and around the corner. Too many children are confronting life-threatening risks and experiencing trauma.Synthesizing insights from psychology and philosophy with his own wide-ranging, first-hand experiences around the world, Dr. James Garbarino takes readers on a personalized journey into the dark side of human experience as it is lived by children. In these highly readable pages, Dr. Garbarino intertwines a discussion of children's material and spiritual needs with a detailed examination of the clinical knowledge and experiential wisdom required to understand and meet complex developmental needs. Fusing anecdotal observations, empirical evidence, and an ecological perspective, he reveals a path to ensuring the fundamental human rights of all children: the right to safety, to equality, to economic parity, and to a meaningful life.Dr. Garbarino's challenge to his readers: If we are to succeed in making a lasting, positive change in the lives of children, we must be willing to rethink the concepts of development, trauma, and resilience. Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience is must-reading for all mental health professionals, educators, researchers, social workers, child advocates, and policymakers - in fact, for anyone who takes an interest in the well-being and future of the world's children.

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Their haunting images appear on millions of television screens and in newspapers worldwide: Children huddled in refugee camps and exposed to violence in war zones. Children burdened by the emotional and physical scars of violent homes and communities. Children exploited by crass commercialism around the world and around the corner. Too...

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Their haunting images appear on millions of television screens and in newspapers worldwide: Children huddled in refugee camps and exposed to violence in war zones. Children burdened by the emotional and physical scars of violent homes and communities. Children exploited by crass commercialism around the world and around the corner. Too...

Dr. James Garbarino is Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children and holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, and from 1985-1994 he was President of the Erikson Institute for Advance...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:April 3, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- How Can We Think About Children Confronting the Dark Side of Human Experience?.- The Right to Feel Safe: Trauma and Recovery.- The Right to a Healthy Social Environment: Protecting Children from Social Toxicity.- The Right to Protection: Child Abuse is the Root of Much Evil.- The Right to Be Free From Hate: Protecting Voices of Compassion in Times of War and Political Violence.- The Right to Be Economically "Regular": What it Means to Be Desperately Poor.- The Right to Equality: No Girl Left Behind.- Home and Homeland: Displaced Children and Youth.- The Right to Priority in Times of War: Would You Torture One Child to Bring World Peace?.- The Right to Heal: When Traumatized Kids Need Help to Recover.- References.- Subject Index.

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From the reviews:"This short book about children in difficult circumstances is sensitively expressed, thought provoking, and highly readable. . The book reads more like a memoir than a scientific report. . There are many jewels in this book. . an essential book for everyone interested in promoting the well-being of children. . Those who are beginning to work in this field will be well briefed on the importance of sensitivity and caring but also of making interventions based on theory, research, and cultural knowledge." (Judith L. Gibbons, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (41), 2008)