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Polakow, Valerie

Overview
Works: 23 works in 85 publications in 4 languages and 7,782 library holdings
Genres: Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HQ759.45, 306.8560973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Valerie Polakow
Lives on the edge : single mothers and their children in the other America by Valerie Polakow( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives on the Edge offers a penetrating, deeply disturbing look into the other America inhabited by single mothers and their children. Its powerful and moving portraits force us to confront the poverty, destitution, and struggle for survival that await single mothers in one of the richest nations in the world. One in five children and one in two single mothers live in destitution today. The feminization and "infantilization" of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private affair - "their problem, not ours"--And how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Searching for an answer, Polakow considers the historical and ideological sources for society's attitudes toward single mothers and their children, and shows how our dominant images of "normal" families and motherhood have shaped our perceptions, practices, and public policies. Polakow's account traces the historical legacy of discrimination against the "dangerous classes" and the "undeserving poor"--a legacy that culminates in the current public hostility towards welfare recipients. Polakow moves beyond the cold voice of statistics to take us into the daily lives of single mothers and their children. The stories of young black teenage mothers, of white single mothers, of homeless mothers are presented with clarity and quiet power. In a detailed look inside the classroom worlds of their children, Polakow explores what life is like if one is very young and poor, and consigned to otherness in the landscape of school. School is a place that matters - it is also a place where children are defined as "at risk" or "at promise." Polakow's astute analysis of poor children's pedagogy provides a critical challenge to educators. Written by an educator and committed child advocate, Lives on the Edge draws on social, historical, feminist, and public policy perspectives to develop an informed, wide-ranging critique of American educational and social policy. Polakow's recommendations in the areas of social policy and education point to useful cross-cultural models as well as successful small-scale programs in place in the United States. Yet Polakow constantly reminds us that "small facts speak to large issues." By providing us with a living sense of the other America, she helps us to realize that "their" America is no "other" than ours. Stark, penetrating, and unflinching, this work challenges our cherished myths of justice and democracy
The erosion of childhood by Valerie Polakow( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The public assault on America's children : poverty, violence, and juvenile injustice( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who cares for our children? : the child care crisis in the other America by Valerie Polakow( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lack of access to affordable high-quality child care is frequently the tipping point that catapults a family into poverty, joblessness, and homelessness. Polakow presents the compelling stories of low-income women from across the nation and chronicles their resilient struggles in the face of ongoing child care crises. The resulting work is an incisive critique of public policy that points to the shameful record of the United States in caring for its children. Drawing on historical and international perspectives, Polakow creates a groundbreaking analysis of child care as a human right, persuasively arguing for a universal child care system. ... Publisher description
Shut out : low income mothers and higher education in post-welfare America by Valerie Polakow( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation "Shut Out exposes in vivid detail the economic, educational, and existential struggles that poor single mothers confront in light of current Welfare-to-Work policies. According to the editors, these mandates strip women of their educational rights by denying them access to higher education, thus obstructing their aspirations to exit poverty and attain family self-sufficiency. The editors examine the requirements of the 1996 "welfare reform" bill and outline how states have varied in responses to limited post-secondary options within the framework of national legislation. The book shows how mothers and their allies have organized collectively to try to secure pro-education policies, and how individuals have resisted work, developed individual and family strategies, and triumphed in their pursuit of post-secondary education under extreme social and emotional duress. In outlining the multiple obstacles and policy restrictions that low income women face, the book also demonstrates successful programsthat afford women educational opportunities. Included are the latest in legislative updates, policy and advocacy recommendations, and possible future directions
International perspectives on homelessness( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homelessness strikes in all types of nations, from wealthy western nations to poor undeveloped countries. Each government and culture attends to this worldwide problem differently. This work collects eleven case studies of selected countries from around the world in order to offer a wide perspective on the dilemma of homelessness. Students can use this ready reference to compare and contrast homelessness populations, analyze the ways in which various countries approach this issue, and to evaluate what is precluding and encouraging this reaching issue. The problem of homelessness is clearly defined here from a global perspective. In addition, the history and resulting conflicts that have risen from homelessness are outlined. This ready reference analyzes the metamorphosis of the homelessness, what solutions have been suggested, and how effective these solutions have been. Students will learn to think critically about homelessness and what the future holds for each country as it battles with this seemingly unavoidable occurence
Diminished rights : Danish lone mother families in international context by Valerie Polakow( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diminished rights is a unique qualitative study that documents the daily lives of vulnerable lone mothers and their children in Denmark. Loss of rights, gender and ethnic inequality, and family violence all emerge as key themes with far-reaching international implications. Policy and practice recommendations are made with wide-ranging applications for an international audience of policy makers, practitioners and academics
Special issue, poverty and schooling( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tab af rettigheder : sårbare enlige mødre og deres børn by Therese Halskov( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in Danish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historien om en række trængte og belastede enlige mødre og deres børns livsvilkår og deres kontakt med det offentlige system og en vurdering af de generelle behov for støtte, som mødrene finder centrale for deres børn og sig selv
The erosion of childhood : a social-phenomenological study of early institutionalization by Valerie Polakow( )

3 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Child poverty, rights, and well-being by Valerie Polakow( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homelessness : a global view( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty and schooling( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Child homelessness by Valerie Polakow( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paulo Freire in Ann Arbor( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Shut out : low income mothers and higher education in post-welfare America( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This book] portrays the economic, educational, and existential struggles that single mothers confront as they fight back against a welfare-to-work regime that denies access to higher education and obstructs their aspirations as autonomous women, determined to exit poverty and attain family self-sufficiency. The book is a blend of policy analysis and lived realities. The voices of student mothers fighting to stay in school, and organizing for a different future, are embedded in an analysis grounded in the educational experiences of women in poverty across the states. Harsh and punitive public policies that are designed to keep poor women trapped in low wage work are juxtaposed against the actions of those who, together with their allies, have resisted - inspired by a vision of a different world made possible by higher education.-Back cover
International perspectives on homelessness( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

International Perspectives on Homelessness by Valerie Polakow( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Lives on the edge : single mothers and their children in the other America
Alternative Names
Polakow Suransky, Valerie.

Polakow, Valerie

Suransky, Valerie Polakow.

サーランスキー, V. P.

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The erosion of childhoodThe public assault on America's children : poverty, violence, and juvenile injusticeWho cares for our children? : the child care crisis in the other AmericaShut out : low income mothers and higher education in post-welfare AmericaInternational perspectives on homelessnessDiminished rights : Danish lone mother families in international contextHomelessness : a global viewPoverty and schooling