Children and Families "At Promise"

Children and Families "At Promise" : Deconstructing the Discourse of Risk

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This book critiques the currently popular "at-risk" construct, drawing from historical, contextual, critical, and personal perspectives. It provides an alternative context for viewing children and their families as "at-promise." A basic premise of the book is that the generalized use of the "at-risk" label is highly problematic and often implicitly racist and classist--a 1990s version of the cultural deficit model that locates problems in individuals, families, and communities, rather than in institutional structures that create and maintain inequality. This book provides a needed interrogation and alternative context for viewing children and families caught in the extreme conditions facing many families in the United States.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156.46 x 228.6 x 18.8mm | 363g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791422925
  • 9780791422922
  • 1,625,655

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"In Children and Families 'At Promise' Deconstructing the Discourse of Risk we see how deconstructing the at risk label is inextricably linked to a critical analysis of pervasive poverty and exclusionary and discriminatory educational practices within our society. Many myths have been decoded in these chapters. The 'at promise' narratives present a countertext of possiblility and action. It is clear, in reading the accounts of successful classrooms in this book, that when classrooms do become landscapes of promise, they offer children a place where their selfhood matters, where they do find acceptance and possibility, and where they can become meaningmakers within their lifeworld of school." -- from the Epilogue by Valerie Polakow, author of Lives on the Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America
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About Sally Lubeck

Beth Blue Swadener is Associate Professor of Education, Kent State University.

Beth Blue Swadener is Associate Professor of Education, Kent State University.
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