Raised in Captivity by Lucia Hodgson
Why Does America Fail Its Children?

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Cultural critic Lucia Hodgson examines the contradictory and even harmful responses Americans give when faced with the issues that most dramatically affect children's lives. Stripping away the hype surrounding such cases as the Menendez brothers, Baby Jessica, and Susan Smith's murder of her children, Hodgson reveals America's self-deception about children's realities, and shows that the more we focus on individual cases of deviation, the more we overlook the systemic causes of the problem.
 

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Published September 1, 1997 by Graywolf Press. 296 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The author, director of a children's study center in Santa Monica, Calif., and a consultant to the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children, uses recent high-profile cases like the Menendez brothers' murder of their parents and Susan Smith's murder of her two children to illuminate how Americans...

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Child activist Hodgson considers childhood ""a disadvantaged social and political status for all people under eighteen."" Americans may claim to treasure children, but in reality, she says, the best interests of young people are routinely ignored in favor of adult rights.

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