Low-income School Children and the Assault on Dignity
Policy Challenges and Resistance
Edited by Julia Hall
Routledge – 2014 – 208 pages
Every day, children living in low-income communities have no choice but to grow up in a climate where they experience multiple unending assaults to their sense of dignity. This volume applies theoretical and historical insights to think through the increasingly undignified realities of life in economically marginalized communities. It includes examples of curricular challenges that low-income students in the US confront today while attempting to learn. Curricular challenges are analyzed as material texts that emerge out of student lived experiences in the economically disposed neighborhoods in which schools are located, and the dynamics of the schools and classrooms themselves. Attention is also paid to educators and students who push back against these forces in an effort to reclaim voice, identity and dignity.
Introduction. 1. Issues Confronted by Low-Income Children in Communities and Schools in the US as shaped by the Current Political Economy Julia Hall Part I. The Assault on Dignity of Low-Income School Children as Taking Shape at the Level of Community 2. The Dumping of Industrial Affluent on Low-Income Communities Robert Bullard 3. The Impact of Concentrated Exposure to Toxins on the Physical Development of Children Jack P. Shonkoff 4. The Targeting by Neighborhood of Low-Income Youth as ‘Criminal’ by the Juvenile Justice System Rosemary Sarri & Jeffrey Shook Part II. The Assault on Dignity of Low-Income Children as Experienced in Schools 5. Privatized Structural Arrangements and Cultures in Schools Kenneth Saltman 6. Discipline and Surveillance in Schools Serving Marginalized Youth Augustina Reyes 7. Social Class, Race, and Gender Identity Construction Inside Underfunded Schools Lois Weis Part III. Resistance from Inside Schools 8. The Study of Place Among Low-Income Students: Environment, Culture, and History as an Act of Critical Pedagogy David Greenwood 9. Slam Poetry and the Spoken Word in Schools Brown Low 10. Critical Youth Organizations Read Schools the Riot Act Brad Porfilio Conclusion 12. Combining Forces of Resistance across Disciplines in the Pursuit of Dignity Julia Hall
Julia Hall is Associate Professor of Sociology at D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.