Gonzales, Roberto G. 2011. "Learning to be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and Shifting Legal Contexts in the Transition to Adulthood.” American Sociological Review, Volume 76, number 4, 602-619.
This article examines the transition to adulthood among 1.5-generation undocumented Latino young adults. For them, the transition to adulthood involves exiting the legally protected status of K to 12 students and entering into adult roles that require legal status as the basis for participation.
Gonzales, Roberto G. 2010. “On the Wrong Side of the Tracks: The Consequences of School Stratification Systems for Unauthorized Mexican Students." Peabody Journal of Education, Volume 85 Issue 4, 469-485.
This article draws from 78 in-depth life histories of undocumented Latino young adults in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Gonzales incorporates a sample, stratified by educational experiences. The lived experiences of these young adults shed important light on the broader world in which they live and the ways in which immigration policies interact with school practices to shape success and failure.
Patricia A. Adler (University of Colorado) and Peter Adler (University of Denver) are the authors of a blog for Psychology Today called "The Deviance Society," which can be found at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-deviance-society.
Victor Rios recently published Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, NYU Press 2011. A former gang member who went on to earn a Ph.D. at Berkeley, Rios returned to his old Oakland neighborhood to shadow 40 young men as they dealt with poverty, violence, and institutionalized racism. As he recounts their life stories, Rios deftly balances analysis with vivid anecdotes about uninterested educators, struggling parents, police brutality, and gang victimization. He examines how the culture of punishment pushes young men into the very criminality that the punishment is meant to deter.
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler recently published The Tender Cut: Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury (NYU Press 2011). The authors draw on 150 interviews with self-injurers from all over the world, along with 30,000-40,000 internet posts in chat rooms and communiqués. Their 10-year longitudinal research follows the practice of self-injury from its early days when people engaged in it alone and did not know others, to the present, where a subculture has formed via cyberspace that shares similar norms, values, lore, vocabulary, and interests.
2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Available on August 17! The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. This year’s Data Book examines how children and families are faring in the wake of the economic downturn. The report can be downloaded to create maps and graphs at the national, state, and local level. The 2011 mobile site offers access to hundreds of indicators of child well-being. It can be downloaded from:http://datacenter.kidscount.org/databook/. To access the Data Center, please visit: http://datacenter.kidscount.org
“State of the Young Hoosier Child” was completed through Indiana’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant recipient “Sunny Start.” Multiple factors contribute to the well-being of Indiana’s children and their families. A child’s ability to learn and stay healthy can be determined in part by his early childhood experiences-or even before he is born. Researchers found that many adult health problems, for example, can be attributed to early childhood experiences. Children who received a high-quality education are likely to earn more, pay more taxes, and commit fewer crimes as adults. Download the study at: http://sunnystart.in.gov/syhc
In their new book, The Risks of Prescription Drugs, health policy experts Donald Light, Howard Brody, Peter Conrad, Allan Horwitz, and Cheryl Stults describe how current regulations reward drug companies to expand clinical risks and create new diseases so millions of patients are exposed to unnecessary risks, especially women and the elderly. They reward developing marginally better drugs rather than discovering breakthrough, life-saving drugs. Harmful side effects have become epidemic, about 23-46 million a year, resulting in 1.5 million hospitalizations and about 115,000 deaths. The book covers issues important to C&Y section members. Allan Horwitz describes the rapid increase in youth being prescribed psychotropic drugs. Key to the proliferation syndrome is prescribing off-label, without telling the patients or their families. Furthermore, Peter Conrad and Cheryl Stults describe the medicalization of women and mothers.
Markella B. Rutherford recently published Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children (Rutgers University Press, September 2011). In many ways, today’s parents and children have more freedom than ever before. There is widespread respect for children’s autonomy as distinct individuals, and a broad range of parenting styles are flourishing. Yet it may also be fair to say that there is an unprecedented fear of children’s and parents’ freedom. Dread about Amber Alerts and “stranger danger” have put an end to the unsupervised outdoor play enjoyed by earlier generations of suburban kids. Using popular parenting advice literature as a springboard for a broader sociological analysis of the American family, Rutherford explores how our increasingly psychological conception of the family might be jeopardizing our appreciation for parents’ and children’s public lives and civil liberties. Markella B. Rutherford is an assistant professor of sociology at Wellesley College.
Ralph LaRossa published Of War and Men: World War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families with University of Chicago Press. To uncover the real story of fatherhood during the transformative era of the 1950s, LaRossa takes the long view—from the attack on Pearl Harbor up to the election of John F. Kennedy— revealing the myriad ways that World War II and its aftermath shaped men. The book explores the brutal side of family life in the postwar years. In the book, he dismantles stereotypes while offering up a chronicle of fatherhood in all its complexity.
Yvonne Vissing recently published Introduction to Sociology with Bridgeport Education Publishers. The textbook addresses children’s issues more than most Introduction to Sociology textbooks. Professor Vissing teachers at Salem State University.
The Brooklyn CUNY Children’s Studies Program and Center has published New Horizons III: The Future of Children, Youth, and the Public Good. The publication details the news, events, and activities of the Children's Studies Program and Center over the past year. The Children's Studies website has extensive information on legislation for an Independent Office of the Child Advocate for New York. For a complete list of their news visit: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/departments/childrensstudies/
Section on Children and Youth