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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 Program Allowed Me to Get Pregnant

The Program Allowed Me to Get Pregnant

Everyday Resistance, Dignity, and Fleeting Collectives

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(p.130) Chapter Five The Program Allowed Me to Get Pregnant
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System Kids
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Lauren J. Silver

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622590.003.0006

This chapter defines and demonstrates a range of individual and collective resistances. Most often, clients rebelled in program familiar zones, where they believed they would likely avoid punishment. Sometimes, confrontation escalated and backfired against particular clients. In one case, a Child and Youth Services (CYS) worker ignored the official procedures involved in taking a client’s child under custody. The client was so upset that she had hit her SIL program manager, and charges were brought against the client as a result. The mother had little recourse against the CYS worker’s unreasonable discretion to take her child away, and her resistance appeared to stem from helplessness and rage. Thus, unpredictable repercussions and shifting alliances contribute to a divisive ethos of blame among participants.

Keywords:   program familiar zones, Child and Youth Services, SIL program, youth resistance

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