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.
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.
Luttrell’s immersive, creative, and layered analysis of the young people’s images and narratives boldly refutes biased assumptions about working-class childhoods and re-envisions schools as inclusive, imaginative, and care-ful spaces. With an accompanying website featuring additional digital resources (childrenframingchildhoods.com), this book challenges us to see differently and, thus, set our sights on a better future.
"Children Framing Childhoods challenges the deficit models of working-class children by asking them to tell us what is important to know about school and home. Demonstrating their ways of doing care work offers adults lessons on how to create a caring environment and offers hope for the future of our country." Mary Romero, President of the American Sociological Association
“Luttrell’s elegant visual ethnography of home and school brings forward the caring work of immigrant families, teachers, and young students themselves. Her innovative “collaborative seeing” methodology challenges deficit perceptions of urban schooling and offers a vision of education with caring at its core.” Marjorie DeVault, Syracuse University
“Wendy Luttrell has given us a gem that will innovate critical childhood studies for years to come. This book takes us on an intimate journey across time and images, claiming space for children’s carework.” Lauren J Silver, Rutgers University-Camden
Wendy Luttrell is Professor of Urban Education, Sociology and Critical Social Psychology at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.