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System KidsAdolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation$
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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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The Better Places Don’t Want Teen Moms

The Better Places Don’t Want Teen Moms

Invisible Lives, Hidden Program Spaces

(p.48) Chapter Two The Better Places Don’t Want Teen Moms
System Kids

Lauren J. Silver

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers how the youth and their case managers have coped in underresourced, dangerous SIL residential settings. To meet personal needs and create the impression of compliance, participants used a “zone of familiar ease,” which is formed at program sites because of the social and physical distance from administrative sites. Familiar zones have perpetuated service inconsistencies and oppressive conditions, and allowed participants to adapt creatively within a “moral underground.” In some instances, participants broke program rules, often doing so out of necessity and because social realities do not match official descriptions. Not only have mothers navigated dangerous and unfair program terrains; they have also been caught trying to make sense of conflicting accounts of themselves.

Keywords:   SIL residential settings, familiar zones, service inconsistencies, oppressive conditions, unfair program terrains

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