Fostering Nation?

Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 15. Dezember 2010
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 318 Seiten
978-1-55458-254-9 (ISBN)
Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage explores the missteps and the promise of a century and more of child protection efforts by Canadians and their governments. It is the first volume to offer a comprehensive history of what life has meant for North America's most disadvantaged Aboriginal and newcomer girls and boys. Gender, class, race, and (dis)ability are always important factors that bear on youngsters' access to resources. State fostering initiatives occur as part of a broad continuum of arrangements, from social assistance for original families to kin care and institutions. Birth and foster parents of disadvantaged youngsters are rarely in full control. Children most distant from the mainstream ideals of their day suffer, and that suffering is likely to continue into their own experience of parenthood. That trajectory is never inevitable, however. Both resilience and resistance have shaped Canadians' engagement with foster children in a society dominated by capitalist, colonial, and patriarchal power. Fostering Nation? breaks much new ground for those interested in social welfare, history, and the family. It offers the first comprehensive perspective on Canada's provision for marginalized youngsters from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Its examination of kin care, institutions, state policies, birth parents, foster parents, and foster youngsters provides ample reminder that children's welfare cannot be divorced from that of their parents and communities, and reinforces what it means when women bear disproportionate responsibility for caregiving.
  • Englisch
  • Waterloo, Ontario
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  • Kanada
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 228 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 572 gr
978-1-55458-254-9 (9781554582549)
1554582547 (1554582547)

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Veronica Strong-Boag is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a former president of the Canadian Historical Association. She teaches at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her publications include The New Day Recalled: Lives of Girls and Women in English Canada, 1919-39 (1988) and Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (2000), with Carole Gerson.
Introduction: The One Best Way; Infant Mortality, Social Reform, & Milk, 1850-1910; Theory & Formulas: Scientific Medicine & Breastfeeding, 1900-1920; Nation, Race, & Motherhood: The Political Ideology of Breastfeeding 1910-20; Professionals & Government, 1920-30; Marketing Infant Feeding, 1930-940; Old-Fashioned, Time-Consuming, & a Little Disgusting, 1940-60; The Return to Breastfeeding, 1960-80; Promoting Breastfeeding, 1980-90; Protecting, Promoting, & Supporting? 1990-2000; Continuities & Change: Breastfeeding in Canada at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century; Using the Past to Look Forward: Breastfeeding Policy for the Twenty-first Century; Conclusion: The Politics of "Choice"; Index.
"Fostering Nation? is a pioneering contribution to the history of children in care in Canada." - arie Hammond-Callaghan, Mount Allison University, British Journal of Canadian Studies Vol.25 No.1 2012 ``Fostering Nation is an important and passionate book. Veronica Strong-Boag has cast an empathetic and illuminating spotlight on some of the most underprivileged and vulnerable children in Canadian society, focusing her unswerving gaze on harsh treatment and hard hearts, and yet at the same time showing us children who emerge from this darkness with hope intact. She alerts us to the uncomfortable fact that care giving in relatively wealthy capitalist society has limits, that care for children still falls disproportionately on women and that feminist responses to the inequalities that consign many children to the care system are needed to overturn decades of patriarchal structures at the heart of so much family disintegration. Canadian society, she argues, has all too frequently failed in its responses to vulnerable girls and boys. Fostering Nation gives space to all those implicated in the care of children--birth and foster families, social and care workers and the children themselves. This is not a happy story but a story it is important to hear for, in the case of children needing care, there are surely lessons to be learned from the past.'' -- Lynn Abrams, professor of Gender History, University of Glasgow -- 201011

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