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22 reasons I won’t be blogging much this semester

  • Hines, Keaton & Small (2009). Black Europe and the African Diaspora.
  • Oyeronke Oyewumi (1997). The Invention of Women
  • Dorothy Roberts (1998). Killing the Black Body
  • Karla Slocum (2006). Free Trade and Freedom: Neoliberalism, Place and Nation in the Caribbean
  • Jacqui Alexander (20060. Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred
  • Anne McClintock (1995). Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest
  • Oyeronke Oyewumi (2005). African Gender Studies: A Reader
  • Patricia Collins (1991) Black Feminist Thought
  • Gunning, Hunter & Mitchell (2004). Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality, and African Diasporas
  • Harriford & Thompson (2008). When the Center Is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Our Times
  • Mimi Abramovitz (1996). Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present
  • Elizabeth Danto (2008). Historical Research
  • Linda Gordon (1994). Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare
  • Grob (1994). The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America’s Mentally Ill.
  • Michael Katz (1996). In the Shadow of teh Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America
  • Regina Kunzel (1993). Fallen Women Problem Girls: Unmarried mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work 1890-1945
  • Molly Ladd-Taylor (1994). Mother-work: Women, child welfare, and the state, 1890-1930
  • Lasch-Quinn (1993). Black neighbors: Race and the Limits of Reform in the American Settlement House Movement
  • Theda Skocpol (1992). Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States
  • Trattner (1999)From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America
  • Wencour & Reisch (2001). From Charity to Enterprise: The Development of American Social Work in a Market Economy
  • Ginwright, Noguera & Cammarota (2006). Beyond Resistance: Youth Activism and Community Change – New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth

Courses I’m taking this semester

Public Affairs – The Search for Youth Policy

“Does the US have a comprehensive youth policy or set of policies? Do we have a common understanding of the rights and responsibilities of youth in our society and is this reflected in the policies that most impact young people? This course will explore these questions as we grapple with the impact of youth policy (or lack thereof) on questions of economic development, formal and non-formal learning, health and human services, housing, immigration, juvenile justice, national security, and youth engagement.”

The text is “Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and community Change” by Ginwright, Noguera and Cammarota (2006)

African American Studies – Gender, Race, Nation and Policy: Perspectives from Within the African Diaspora

“The focus is on the agency by peoples of African and African diasporas to shape and restructure the public response to communities of African descent. Within the U.S. for example, we will analyze gender, race, reproductive rights. Within Africa, Europe, the U.S. and the Caribbean, we will examine the political economic underpinnings, racialized and gendered aspects of structural inequality and the human response to it.”

Social Work – History of Social Work and HIstorical Research Methods

“This class surveys the evolution of social welfare policy and social work practice in the United States and an introduction to historical research methods.”

Newbie networking

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I’m currently at the SSWR conference in San Francisco. I am fortunate enough to have friends in the Bay area, so I came a few days earlier and was able to spend some time with my friends. Then, another woman in my doctoral cohort arrived on Wednesday and we checked in to the conference and hotel. The two of us are the only two in our cohort, although there are several other students here (a few on the job market, they defended or are ABD) and some faculty.

Social networking via facebook and twitter and the like is easy for me. The more difficult part is the face-to-face networking. Although it doesn’t always appear this way, I am quite shy. I’ve really stretched myself over the past ten years so now I am at the point where, with a little effort, I can approach someone and say hi, even though internally I want to run away and hide. It’s actually a lot easier to network when the stakes are low. Here at this professional conference, my roommate/colleague and I had the same plan – to check out how this conference works, what kinds of papers and posters are accepted, and to get a general layout when the personal stakes were still low. Since both of us are a few years away from being on any job market and we likely won’t be submitting things for this conference until next year, it has been easier to just “be” here.

I have a lot more things I want to process about the conference, but need to wait until I have more time. I’m off to a Child Welfare interest group round table discussion in a little bit.