Childhood and Risk

Childhood and Risk

This list of readings originated as a discussion on the Exploring Childhood Studies listserve. The listserve moderator compiled it and sent it along to H-Risk-and-Safety, which no longer exists. And now it's here! Additions can be send to the editors of H-Childhood at


Bastien, Sheri and Halla Holmarsdottir. Youth at the Margins: Experiences from Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015.

Bialostok, Steven, Robert L. Whitman and William S. Bradley (eds.). Education and the Risk Society: Theories, Discourse and Risk Identities in Education Contexts. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2012.

Cahill, Caitlin. “At Risk? The Fed-Up Honeys Re-present the Gemntirfication of the Lower East Side.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 34, no. 1/2 (2006): 334-363

Cahill, Caitlin, Indra Rios-Moore, and Tiffany Threatts. “Different Eyes/Open Eyes: Community-Based Participatory Action Research.” In Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion, edited by Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Connolly, Marie and Kate Morris. Understanding Child and Family Welfare: Statutory Responses to Children at Risk. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Davidson, Elsa. The Burdens of Aspiration: Youth, Schools, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

Donzelot, Jacques. The Policing of Families. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977.

Ferguson, Ann. Bad Boys: Public Schools and the Making of Black Masculinity. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

Gladstone, Brenda, Katherine Boydell, and Patricia McKeever. “Recasting research into children’s experiences of parental mental illness: Beyond risk and resilience.” Social Science and Medicine 62 (2006): 2540-2550.  

Gleason, Mona. “From ‘Disgraceful Carelessness’ to ‘Intelligent Precaution’: Accidents and the Public Child in English Canada, 1900-1950.” Journal of Family History 30, 2 (2005): 230-41.

Lupton, Deborah. Risk. New York: Routledge, 2013

Silver, Lauren. System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Swadener, Beth Blue and Sally Lubeck (eds.). (1995). Children and Families “At Promise”: Deconstructing the Discourse of Risk. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Swadener, Beth Blue. “’At Risk’ or ‘At Promise’? From Deficit Constructions of the ‘Other Childhood’ to Possibilities for Authentic Alliances with Children and Families.” In The Politics of Early Childhood Education: Rethinking Childhoods edited by Lourdes Diaz-Soto. NY: Peter Lang 2000.

Skourtes, Stephanie. (2015). “Invisible, Undervalued, and Excluded: Practicing Working-Class Girlhood in Affective Space.” Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1076158 Sept, 2015.