CANCELED: Book Salon: Children Framing Childhoods: Working Class Kids' Visions of Care

MAR 11, 2020 | 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


March 11, 2020: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM




Center for the Study of Women and Society



Wendy Luttrell will be in conversation with Cindi Katz, Lauren Silver, and Asilia Franklin-Phipps about her new book, Children Framing Childhoods: Working Class Kids' Visions of Care.
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Urban educational research, practice, and policy is preoccupied with problems, brokenness, stigma, and blame. As a result, too many people are unable to recognize the capacities and desires of children and youth growing up in working-class communities.

Children Framing Childhoods: Working Class Kids' Visions of Care offers an alternative angle of vision—animated by young people’s own photographs, videos, and perspectives over time. It shows how a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse community of young people in Worcester, MA used cameras at different ages (10, 12, 16 and 18) to capture and value the centrality of care in their lives, homes, and classrooms.


Wendy Luttrell is Professor of Urban Education, Sociology, Critical Social Psychology and Women and Gender Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her research on educational inequality examines the interplay of social structure and subjective experience in school settings, focusing on how a sense of belonging, exclusion, entitlement, constraint, possibility, success and failure take root in young people’s self-evaluations and actions. She is the author of two award-winning books on this topic, School-smart and Mother-wise: Working-Class Women’s Identity and Schooling (1997) and Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens (2003) and is also the editor of Qualitative Educational Research: Readings on Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (2010).  Her recent book, Children Framing Childhoods: Working-class Kids’ Visions of Care (Policy Press, 2020) examines the role that gender, race, and immigrant status play in how diverse, young people growing up in urban, working-class communities portray their lives through photographs and video.  At a time when distorted and increasingly fractious visions of “marginalized” communities proliferate, the book and its multimodal platform of photographs and videos compels readers/viewers to reconsider their ways of seeing and valuing poor and working-class children of color, their childhoods and implications for educational justice.  Throughout her career, Luttrell has directed community-based, university, and teacher inquiry projects dedicated to advancing social justice in and around schools and that promote innovative research and teaching practices, as well as curriculum development initiatives.  She also serves as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.

Cindi Katz, a cultural geographer, is Professor in the Doctoral Programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Women's and Gender Studies and American Studies. Her research concerns social reproduction, the production of nature, the workings of the security state in everyday environments, the privatization of the public environment, the cultural politics of childhood, and the intertwining of memory and history in the geographical imagination.

Lauren J. Silver is Associate Professor of Childhood Studies and the Faculty Director of Engaged Scholarship & Learning at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. She is a feminist ethnographer whose scholarship centers on the lives of young people who experience structural violence through poverty and social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality; it is deeply connected to the urban places where she lives and works.

Asilia Franklin-Phipps has a PhD in Critical Sociocultural Studies in Education from the University of Oregon.

Co-sponsored with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Dean’s Office for Masters Programs, The Feminist Press, the Ph.D. Programs in Anthropology, Sociology, and Urban Education, and the Public Science Project.