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Children Framing ChildhoodsWorking-Class Kids' Visions of Care$
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Wendy Luttrell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447352853

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447352853.001.0001

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The freedom to care

The freedom to care

(p.203) 6 The freedom to care
Children Framing Childhoods

Wendy Luttrell

Policy Press

This chapter reflects on distorted visions of education, care, and freedom. It revisits the contours of the kids' perspectives of care as they played out over the course of the project, examining what these young people have to say about care—its value, its rewards, its invisibilities, and contradictions. Against this backdrop, the chapter considers the current realities of care in a neoliberal capitalist society, limited and structured by gender-, race-, and class-bias; institutional racism and anti-Blackness; and economic strictures that narrow people's conceptualizations of time, productivity, and human value. The young people's visions offer much-needed hope—and in their understandings, one can locate possibilities for a new narrative of care. Drawing on the continuing challenges that the Park Central School students identified and the insights that they offered, the chapter then imagines an alternative social orientation in which care and care work take their rightful place at the center of everyday life—highly visible and highly regarded not only in the spheres of family and school, but in the very fabric of democratic society and in the fundamental understanding of freedom and social justice itself.

Keywords:   education, care, freedom, young people, neoliberal capitalist society, bias, institutional racism, Park Central School, care work, social justice

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