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On weekday afternoons, dismissal bells signal not just the end of the school day but also the beginning of another important activity: the federally funded after-school programs that offer tutoring, homework help, and basic supervision to millions of American children. Nearly one in four low-income families enroll a child in an after-school program. Beyond sharpening students’ math and reading skills, these programs also have a profound impact on parents. In a surprising turn—especially given the long history of social policies that leave recipients feeling policed, distrusted, and alienated—government-funded after-school programs have quietly become powerful forces for political and civic engagement by shifting power away from bureaucrats and putting it back into the hands of parents. In State of EmpowermentCarolyn Barnes uses ethnographic accounts of three organizations to reveal how interacting with government-funded after-school programs can enhance the civic and political lives of low-income citizens.

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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1. A New Kind of Safety Net
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  1. 2. Empowering Program Design
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  1. 3. Empowering Relationships
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  1. 4. Organizational Identities and Community Contexts
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  1. 5. Policy, Organizations, Places, and Participation among the Poor
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  1. 6. From Alienated to Empowered
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  1. Appendix A: Methods
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  1. Appendix B: Interview Protocols
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901265
Related ISBN
9780472131648
MARC Record
OCLC
1112365007
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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