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Faculty Book: Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell
Children Framing Childhoods: Working-Class Kids’ Visions of Care
(Policy Press, 2020)

image of book: Children Framing Childhoods: Working-Class Kids’ Visions of CareUrban educational research, practice, and policy are 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.

This book 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.

With an accompanying website featuring additional digital resources (, this work challenges readers to see differently and, thus, set their sights on a better future.

Luttrell is a professor of urban education, sociology and psychology at The Graduate Center. 

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Submitted on: FEB 12, 2020

Category: Faculty Books | Psychology | Sociology | Urban Education