At Peril: Stories of Injustice

reviewed by Bonnie Johnson 2002

coverTitle: At Peril: Stories of Injustice
Author(s): Thomas J. Cottle & Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA
ISBN: 155849278X , Pages: 328, Year: 2001
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A federal report, based on Census 2000 data, found that as many as 15 million young people are currently at-risk of not reaching productive adulthood -- falling prey to crime, drugs and other problems that make it difficult to obtain an education, successfully enter the workforce, or otherwise contribute to society. Further, approximately 1.5 million children have a father or mother in prison, over half a million children are in foster care, and more than one out of six American families with children live on an annual income of $17,000 or less (White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, 2001). Additionally problematic is the fact that many families and children must confront multiple, co-occurring hardships. As James Garbarino (1995) sees it, Americans are raising children in a "socially toxic environment" polluted by the combined effects of poverty, the breakdown of families and communities, and the neglect of children. Thomas J. Cottle gives a voice to these grim societal statistics in his book At Peril: Stories of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 910-913 ID Number: 10820, Date Accessed: 9/24/2018 7:34:59 PM

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