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System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation

Lauren J. Silver


This book 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 personal experience as a welfare program manager, the book demonstrates how social welfare “silos” construct the lives of youth as disconnected, reinforcing unforgivin ... More

Keywords: adolescent mothers, child welfare system, children, wards of the states, urban bureaucracy, social welfare, youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622590
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren J. Silver, author