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"When the welfare people come" : race and class in the US child protection system

Author: Don Lash
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Analyzes the history of the U.S. child welfare system and its implications today, offering ideas for reform and building solidarity. In this is groundbreaking look at the history and politics of the US child welfare system, "When the Welfare People Come" exposes the system in its totality, from child protective investigation to foster care and mandated services, arguing that it constitutes a mechanism of control  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Lash
ISBN: 9781608467433 1608467430
OCLC Number: 945949083
Description: 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The "orphan trains" : then and now --
Moving toward a racialized child welfare system --
Parents with disabilities --
Foster youth --
Foster parents --
Juvenile "justice" --
Toiling inside the bureaucracy --
The future of child welfare --
Real reform --
Child welfare and social reproduction --
Socialism and the parent-child relationship --
Appendix : from rights to reality : a plan for parent advocacy and family-centered child welfare reform.
Responsibility: Don Lash.

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"Analyzes the history of the U.S. child welfare system and its implications today, offering ideas for reform and building solidarity. In this is groundbreaking look at the history and politics of the US child welfare system, "When the Welfare People Come" exposes the system in its totality, from child protective investigation to foster care and mandated services, arguing that it constitutes a mechanism of control exerted over poor and working class parents and children. Applying the Marxist framework of social reproduction theory to the child welfare system, the author reveals the system's role in the regulation of family life under capitalism"--Publisher description.

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