Fostering Nation?

Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 1. August 2010
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 318 Seiten
978-1-55458-337-9 (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
  • 255 gr
978-1-55458-337-9 (9781554583379)
1554583373 (1554583373)

Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor of Womenas and Gender Studies and of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a past president of the Canadian Historical Association. She has written widely on the history of Canadian women and childrenaincluding studies of the 1920s and 30s, the experience of post-WW II suburbia, Nellie L. McClung, E. Pauline Johnson, childhood disabilities, and modern neo-conservatismas attack on women and childrena and has won the John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History and, with Carole Gerson, the Raymond Klibansky Prize in the Humanities. She is the co-editor, with Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, of Childrenas Health Issues in Historical Perspective (WLU Press, 2005).
Introduction; Claiming Kinship; "It was an evil place. It was a beautiful place": Institutions for Children; Beginning the Search for Best Interest: Child Protection Considers Fostering from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1960s; Still Searching for Best Interest: Child Protection & Fostering from the 1960s to the Present; First Families & the Dilemma of Care; Negotiating Surrogacy: The Construction of Foster Parents; "Dear Mom & Dad": Canada's Children; Conclusion; Index.
"Fostering Nation? is a pioneering contribution to the history of children in care in Canada." - Marie Hammond-Callaghan, Mount Allison University, British Journal of Canadian Studies Vol.25 No.1 2012

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