Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era

Author:   Michaela Soyer
Publisher:   University of California Press
ISBN:  

9780520296701


Pages:   152
Publication Date:   12 February 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era


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Lost Childhoods focuses on the life-course histories of thirty young men serving time in the Pennsylvania adult prison system for crimes they committed when they were minors. The narratives of these young men, their friends, and relatives reveal the invisible yet deep-seated connection between the childhood traumas they suffered and the violent criminal behavior they committed during adolescence. By living through domestic violence, poverty, the crack epidemic, and other circumstances, these men were forced to grow up fast all while familial ties that should have sustained them were broken at each turn. The book goes on to connect large-scale social policy decisions and their effects on family dynamics and demonstrates the limits of punitive justice.

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Author:   Michaela Soyer
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.363kg
ISBN:  

9780520296701


ISBN 10:   0520296702
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   12 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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This book makes a significant contribution to the study of adolescents by examining how the many factors of childhood can affect the criminal behavior in the future. * Journal of Youth & Adolescence *


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Michaela Soyer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and author of A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men.

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