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Lauren J. Silver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622590

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622590.001.0001

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They Want to See You Fail

They Want to See You Fail

Dilemmas in Child Welfare

(p.1) Introduction They Want to See You Fail
System Kids

Lauren J. Silver

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter sets out the organization of the book. This book reveals how the child welfare system compromises its own mission, and how it fails to lessen hardship in the lives of young families. It argues that the child welfare system has blocked the youth from prospering through unfair spatial divides between administrative settings and program spaces. It also analyzes the ideal of self-sufficiency and how it compelled both the youth and caseworkers to hide their structural insecurities. Finally, it explores how conditions within the system caused a divisive culture of fear. The book uses feminist methodology and critical youth studies. Its main objectives are: analyzing gender in the context of constructions of race, class, and sexuality; using research for social change; and exploring researcher reflexivity.

Keywords:   child welfare system, young families, self-sufficiency, culture of fear, feminist methodology, critical youth studies

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