Lives On The Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America by Valerie PolakowLives On The Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America by Valerie Polakow

Lives On The Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America

byValerie Polakow

Paperback | May 28, 1994

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One out of five children, and one out of two single mothers, lives in destitution in America today. The feminization and "infantilization" of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private issue, and how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Written by a committed child advocate, Lives on the Edge draws on social, historical, feminist, and public policy perspectives to develop an informed, wide-ranging critique of American educational and social policy. Stark, penetrating, and unflinching in its first-hand portraits of single mothers in America today, this work challenges basic myths about justice and democracy.
Title:Lives On The Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 28, 1994Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226671844

ISBN - 13:9780226671840

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1: Childhood Revisited
2: Motherhood and the Ideology of Care
3: The Other Motherhood: The Landscape of Single Mothers in Poverty
4: Young Mothers' Stories: Being Teenage, Black, and Single
5: Mothers' Stories: Contingency Continued
6: Inside Public Preschools: A View from Below
7: The Classroom Worlds of At-Risk Children: Five Portraits
8: Poor Children's Pedagogy: The Construction of At-Risk Students
9: Lives on the Edge
Afterword: Some Reflections on the Future
Appendix: Some Notes on Method
Notes
Index

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Lives on the Edge offers a penetrating, deeply disturbing look into the other America inhabited by single mothers and their children. Its powerful and moving portraits force us to confront the poverty, destitution, and struggle for survival that await single mothers in one of the richest nations in the world. One in five children and one in two single mothers live in destitution today. The feminization and "infantilization" of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private affair - "their problem, not ours" - and how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Searching for an answer, Polakow considers the historical and ideological sources for society's attitudes toward single mothers and their children, and shows how our dominant images of "normal" families and motherhood have shaped our perceptions, practices, and public policies. Polakow's account traces the historical le