The Department of Childhood Studies is excited to announce the recent publication of two books by department faculty.
Lynne Vallone, Professor
Big and Small: A Cultural History of Extraordinary Bodies (Yale UP, 2018)
Exploring miniaturism, giganticism, obesity, and the lived experiences of actual big and small people, Vallone boldly addresses the uncomfortable implications of using physical measures to judge normalcy, goodness, gender identity, and beauty. This wide-ranging work surveys the lives and contexts of both real and imagined persons with extraordinary bodies from the seventeenth century to the present day through close examinations of art, literature, folklore, and cultural practices, as well as scientific and pseudo-scientific discourses. Generously illustrated and written in a lively and accessible style, Vallone’s provocative study encourages readers to look with care at extraordinary bodies and the cultures that created, depicted, loved, and dominated them. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Small-Cultural-History-Extraordinary/dp/0300228864/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505414413&sr=1-1&keywords=big+and+small+vallone
John Wall, Professor
Children’s Rights: Today’s Global Challenge (Rowan & Littlefield, 2016)
This accessible and authoritative book provides the first systematic overview of the global children’s rights movement. It introduces students, children’s advocates, and scholars to child and youth rights in all their theoretical, historical, cultural, political, and practical complexity. In the process, it examines key controversies about globalization, cultural relativism, social justice, power, economics, politics, freedom, ageism, and more.
Combining vivid examples with cutting-edge research, Children’s Rights: Today’s Global Challenge lifts up the rights of the youngest third of humanity as the major human rights challenge of the twenty-first century. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442249837/Children’s-Rights-Today’s-Global-Challenge#
Kate Cairns, Assistant Professor, with Josée Johnston (U. of Toronto)
Food and Feminity (Bloomsbury, 2015)
Drawing on extensive qualitative research in Toronto, Cairns and Johnston demonstrate how food and femininity remain closely connected in the public imagination as well as the emotional lives of women. The book analyses how women navigate multiple aspects of foodwork for themselves and others, from planning meals, grocery shopping, and feeding children, to navigating conflicting preferences, nutritional and ethical advice, and the often-inequitable division of household labor. What emerges is a world in which women’s choices continue to be closely scrutinized – a world where ‘failing’ at food is still perceived as a failure of femininity. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/food-and-femininity-9780857855565/
Lauren Silver, Associate Professor
System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).
This intriguing study considers the daily lives of adolescent mothers as they negotiate the child welfare system to meet the needs of their children and themselves. Combining critical policy study and ethnography, and drawing on current scholarship as well as her own experience as a welfare program manager, Lauren Silver demonstrates how social welfare “silos” construct the lives of youth as disconnected, reinforcing unforgiving policies and imposing demands on women the system was intended to help. https://uncpress.unc.edu/books/12537.html
Sarada Balagopalan, Associate Professor
Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Dr. Balagopalan’s book redresses the limits of the notion of ‘multiple childhoods’ commonly deployed as a way to recognize the heterogeneity of children’s lives and experiences. This ambitious ethnography redresses these limits by drawing on the everyday experiences of street children and child labourers in Calcutta to introduce the postcolony as a critical, and thus far absent, lens in theorizing the ‘child’. https://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/inhabiting-childhood-children-labour-and-schooling-in-postcolonial-india-sarada-balagopalan/?isb=9780230296428
Recent Book Publications by Childhood Studies Graduates
The Department of Childhood Studies is excited to announce the recent publication of two books by recent PhD graduates, based on their dissertation research.
Diane Marano (PhD, Childhood Studies, 2014)
Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Dr. Marano’s book explores how and why twenty-five incarcerated young men of color acquired and used guns, how guns made them feel, and how they felt about the violence in which they participated as well as the violence to which they were exposed as victims and witnesses. Through their narratives, patterns emerge of boys attempting to become men in homes headed by mothers who struggled financially, the multiple attractions of the street that exceeded those of school, and the risks of the street lifestyle that prompted these youth to arm themselves. http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137520135
Marianne Modica (PhD, Childhood Studies, 2014)
Race among Friends: Exploring Race at a Suburban School (Rutgers University Press, 2015)
Dr. Modica’s book argues that attempts to be colorblind do not end racism—in fact, ignoring race increases the likelihood that racism will occur in our schools and in society. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in a “racially friendly” suburban US high school, Modica finds that race affects the daily experiences of students and teachers in profound but unexamined ways—particularly through student friendships and administrative practices. https://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Race-among-Friends,5632.aspx