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Lost Childhoods – Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era - California Scholarship Online
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Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era

Michaela Soyer

Abstract

Lost Childhoods focuses on the life-course histories of thirty young men serving time in the adult prison system in Pennsylvania for crimes they committed when they were minors. The narratives of these young men, their friends, and relatives reveal the invisible yet deep-seated connection between the childhood traumas they suffered and the violent criminal behavior they committed during adolescence. By living through domestic violence, poverty, the crack epidemic, and other circumstances, these men were forced to grow up fast, while familial ties that should have sustained them were broken at ... More

Keywords: trauma, welfare, poverty, young adult offenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520296701
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520296701.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaela Soyer, author
Hunter College