by Teresa Kuan
2015 – University of California Press
Love’s Uncertainty explores the hopes and anxieties of urban, middle-class parents in contemporary China. Combining long-term ethnographic research with analyses of popular child-rearing manuals, television dramas, and government documents, Teresa Kuan bears witness to the dilemmas of ordinary Chinese parents, who struggle to reconcile new definitions of good parenting with the reality of limited resources.
Continue reading New Book – Love’s Uncertainty: The Politics and Ethics of Child Rearing in Contemporary China
by Lauren J. Silver
UNC Press (2015)
System Kids considers the daily lives of adolescent mothers as they negotiate the child welfare system to meet the needs of their children and themselves. Often categorized as dependent and delinquent, these young women routinely become wards of the state as they move across the legal and social borders of a fragmented urban bureaucracy. Combining critical policy study and ethnography, and drawing on current scholarship as well as her own experience as a welfare program manager, Lauren Silver demonstrates how social welfare “silos” construct the lives of youth as disconnected, reinforcing unforgiving policies and imposing demands on women the system was intended to help. As clients of a supervised independent living program, they are expected to make the transition into independent adulthood, but Silver finds a vast divide between these expectations and the young women’s lived reality. Continue reading New Book! System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation
Childhood with Bourdieu
Leena Alanen, Liz Brooker and Berry Mayall (eds.)
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 4-6 pm
Drama Studio, UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
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by Beth Baron
Stanford University Press
Preview available here on the SU Press website!
In The Orphan Scandal, Beth Baron provides a new lens through which to view the rise of Islamic groups in Egypt.