Children Framing Childhoods

Working-Class Kids’ Visions of Care

Wendy Luttrell

Children Framing Childhoods

Wendy Luttrell

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 87 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447353300 Published February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447352853 Published February 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Urban educational research, practice, and policy is preoccupied with problems, brokenness, stigma, and blame. As a result, too many people are unable to recognize the capacities and desires of children and youth growing up in working-class communities. This book offers an alternative angle of vision—animated by young people’s own photographs, videos, and perspectives over time. It shows how a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse community of young people in Worcester, MA used cameras at different ages (10, 12, 16 and 18) to capture and value the centrality of care in their lives, homes, and classrooms. Luttrell’s immersive, creative, and layered analysis of the young people’s images and narratives boldly refutes biased assumptions about working-class childhoods and re-envisions schools as inclusive, imaginative, and careful spaces. With an accompanying website featuring additional digital resources (childrenframingchildhoods.com), this book challenges us to see differently and, thus, set our sights on a better future.

Contents
Prelude: Worcester, Massachusetts. Fall, 2003
Digital Interlude #1: Dwelling in School
 1 Ways of seeing diverse working-class children and childhoods
2 The everyday politics of belonging/s
3 Motherhood, childhood, and love labor in family
choreographies of care
Digital Interlude #2: Feeding the Family
 4 School choreographies of care: being seen, being safe,
and being believed
Digital Interlude #3: Nice…?
 5 That’s (not) me now: development, identity, and being in time
Digital Interlude #4: Being in Time
 6 The freedom to care
Postlude: Notes on reflexive methods: past, present, and future
Digital Interlude #5: Collaborative Seeing
 Appendix
Notes
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