Family & Children

  • The Mean Girl Motive

    Negotiating Power and Femininity

    By Nicole E.R. Landry     April 2008

    Prior to the 1980s, girls were completely excluded from research on childhood aggression, presumably because their ‘sugar and spice and everything nice’ made them averse to aggression. Not only were girls missing from research, their voices are frequently absent in current ‘girl aggression’ discourse. Despite this, ‘mean’ girls have received growing attention, especially in psychology. Besides conclusions that boys and girls aggress differently, much work has only offered a means of labelling, identifying and further problematizing girls’ so-called mean behaviour. This book moves beyond the superficial to explore the social context of mean behaviour. It examines the intersection among structures of class, race and gender in the production of girls’ aggression and draws on first-hand knowledge and experiences for a candid glimpse into a culture that raises critical questions about our ‘taken for granted’ knowledge of girls’ meanness.

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  • Social Perspectives on Death and Dying (2nd edition)

    By Jeanette A. Auger     January 2007

    While death is an inevitable happening in all our lives, the perspectives that we hold about death and dying are socially constructed. This text takes us through the maze of issues, both social and personal, which surround death and dying in our country. The author invites us not to just peek at issues of death and dying but to open our eyes wide and examine how Canadian cultures deal with those concepts. In this new updated edition, Auger challenges us to examine our own thoughts, feelings and fears–our own experience–of the death and dying phenomena.

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  • With Child

    Substance Use During Pregnancy, A Woman-Centred Approach

    Edited by Susan C. Boyd and Lenora Marcellus     December 2006

    Drug use is among the behaviours that are associated with or a consequence of poverty. The contributors to this volume propose that those who provide services for pregnant drugusing women must recognize that care of women with social problems that affect pregnancy outcome should be approached in the same way as care for women with medical problems that have obstetric consequences. This book provides practitioners and researchers with valuable information about maternal drug use, best practices and policy.

  • Butterbox Babies

    Baby Sales, Baby Deaths o New Revelations 15 Years Later

    By Bette L. Cahill     January 2006

    A young woman in Nova Scotia gives birth to a child out of wedlock. A childless couple in New Jersey desperately searches for a baby to adopt. These people never meet but their lives become forever linked through a tiny baby girl. Natalie, that baby, spent the first two years of her life in the Ideal Maternity Home on Canada’s rocky East Coast. Louis and Mabel Goldman of Newark adopted her in August 1945.

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  • STILL Blaming Children

    Youth Conduct and the Politics of Child Hating (2nd Edition)

    By Bernard Schissel     January 2006

    The media-enhanced moral panic surrounding youth has continued unabated over the past two decades. Its form and substance varies, but the politics of blaming and exploiting children underlies it all. Despite the reality that rates for most youth crime have gone down, the public condemnation of youth, especially through the news media, continue unabated, and the position of children and youth in our societies is still as precarious as ever. Put bluntly, the lives of too many children and youth are fraught with potential danger. Not only are they the victims of excessive legal scrutiny and scapegoats for panic-driven public policy, but they also go off to war proportionately more than adults and they work at unskilled jobs for no benefits and insultingly low wages. Children and youth live outside the protections of human rights. STILL Blaming Children, an expanded and updated version of Blaming Children, shows how “getting tough” on young offenders ignores the reality of their lives and the reality of their misconduct. The book ends by describing more humane and mindful alternatives for youth offenders, based on the human rights our children deserve.

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  • When Teens Abuse Their Parents

    By Barbara Cottrell     January 2004

    This book is about the what, who, how and why of parent abuse. Cottrell breaks the silence around this seldom mentioned but all too widely occurring problem. In it we hear the stories of parents who have been abused by their children, most of whom are teenagers. We also hear the stories of the children who abuse. But this book is not just an exposé of the problem. It offers advice, guidelines and help for both parents and abusive children. While recommending professional help from counsellors and community workers, the author also discusses how parent support groups have been helpful in letting parents know that they are not alone. Out of her experience in conducting workshops and developing community response networks, Cottrell offers a wide range of options for parents in trouble and advocates a far reaching program for developing community awareness.

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  • Within Our Reach

    Preventing Abuse across the Lifespan

    Edited by Christine A. Ateah and Janet Mirwaldt     December 2003

    This volume is the fifth in the Healing and Hurting series co-published with RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse). Within Our Reach focuses on lifespan issues associated with violence and abuse and discusses programs, practices and policies to address these issues. Each chapter, co-authored by an academic and a community practitioner, addresses specific issues of violence across the lifespan, from early childhood until late adulthood. These discussions highlight the effects of violence associated with an age group, including the physical punishment of children, sibling violence and bullying and other abusive behaviours occurring in childhood, dating violence, intimate violence experienced by immigrant women and abuse of the elderly. Although the issues of violence and abuse are ongoing concerns, this volume focuses on the many important efforts directed toward prevention that allow for optimism.

  • Passing Through

    End-of-Life Decisions for Lesbians and Gay Men

    By Jeanette A. Auger     January 2003

    In June 2001, Nova Scotia became the third province to pass legislation that permits same-sex couples to legally register their relationship in order to benefit from similar legal obligations as common-law heterosexual couples. Yet despite this new legislation’s aim to advance equal rights, end-of-life decisions for gays and lesbians remain difficult. Jeannette Auger examines how closeted relationships and the history of discrimination have led many partners to dismiss making decisions about end-of-life issues. This book outlines what partners need to consider to assert their legal rights when necessary.

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  • From the Inside Looking Out

    Competing Ideas about Growing Old

    By Jeanette A. Auger and Diane Tedford-Litle     January 2002

    Written from the perspective of older persons, this book puts forth the notion that these voices are as important and as necessary as those of a gerontologist’s when documenting the aging experience. There are a number of contradictions between the “realities” of aging produced by professionals and the subjective experiences of older persons as they live their everyday lives. The authors began with collecting literature about aging and for aging populations. They then conducted a series of focus groups and used questionnaires in an attempt to supplement the published information. Personal stories provide depth to the contrast between what it means to grow older and what is really experienced. These stories are generously dispersed throughout the text and come from a number of different perspectives, including Black and Mi’k Maq communities.

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  • Changing Child Care

    Five Decades of Child Care Advocacy and Policy in Canada

    Edited by Susan Prentice     January 2001

    Most parents of young children need child care services to help them work or study. Yet the licensed child care system has space for less than one in ten children and is generally unaffordable for most parents. Quality, accessibility and affordability vary wildly within and between provinces and territories. While Quebec has a 5-a-day child care system, the rest of the country leaves child care to the family and the market. When and why do governments implement progressive child care policies? The contributors in Changing Child Care address this and other questions, and examine the different child care systems Canadians have adopted.

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