Title Reclaiming Community
Subtitle Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work
Author Bianca J. Baldridge
ISBN 9781503607897
List price GBP 21.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 280
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“A compelling analysis of community-based youth service programs and how their ability to respond to community needs has been impaired by the narrow ‘reform’ agenda sweeping the country. Baldridge is a keen observer and her insights will help parents, educators, and activists in other communities understand why their work may not be supported by powerful elites, and what they can do about it.”

—Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies


“The movement across America to adopt a Wall Street-like focus on ‘return on investments’ (ROI) to measure the impact of after-school programs is a big mistake. Bianca Baldridge offers a brilliant and timely alternative to metric-driven services; her research provides a refreshing and illuminating vision of how those who support youth of color can create more holistic alternatives to youth programming.”

—Shawn Ginwright, Professor of Education and African American Studies, San Francisco State University


Approximately 2.4 million Black youth participate in after-school programs, which offer a range of support, including academic tutoring, college preparation, political identity development, cultural and emotional support, and even a space to develop strategies and tools for organizing and activism. In Reclaiming Community, Bianca Baldridge tells the story of one such community-based program, Educational Excellence (EE), shining a light on both the invaluable role youth workers play in these spaces, and the precarious context in which such programs now exist.

Drawing on rich ethnographic data, Baldridge persuasively argues that the story of EE is representative of a much larger and understudied phenomenon. With the spread of neoliberal ideology and its reliance on racism—marked by individualism, market competition, and privatization—these bastions of community support are losing the autonomy that has allowed them to embolden the minds of the youth they serve. Baldridge captures the stories of loss and resistance within this context of immense external political pressure, arguing powerfully for the damage caused when the same structural violence that Black youth experience in school, starts to occur in the places they go to escape it.




PART I: The Golden Era

Chapter 1. Community-Based Youth Work in Uncertain Times

Chapter 2. ”The EE Family:” Framing Race, Youth, and Educational Possibilities

Chapter 3. ”We’re Not Saving Anybody:” Refusing Deficit Narratives

PART II: Things Fall Apart

Chapter 4. ”Expanding EE’s Footprint”: Navigating Organizational Change

Chapter 5. ”The Family Is Dead”: Corporatizing After-School

Chapter 6. ”It Was Never Ours”: Race and the Politics of Control

Conclusion: Reclaiming Community-Based Youth Work in the Neoliberal Era

Appendix: Methodological Reflections, Considerations and Accountability




About the Author:

Bianca J. Baldridge is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Target Audience:

This book is intended for educators, activists, policymakers, parents and sociologists.

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