Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

  title={Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood},
  author={Rebecca Epstein and Jamilia J. Blake and Thalia Gonz{\'a}lez},
  journal={Social Science Research Network},
Children occupy a unique position in our public systems. Once treated as miniature adults, our perception of young people’s innocence and ongoing development has led, over time, to granting children leniency when determining the consequences of their behavior. The special legal status bestowed on youth, in particular, is based on a well-established understanding of children’s social and psychological development — that they should be held less responsible and culpable for their actions, and… 

Not Child but Meager: Sexualization and Negation of Black Childhood

Abstract:Drawing from Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, this essay uncovers the ontological eradication of “black child” in institutions of school and juvenile justice. This

Before Black Boys Are Criminalized?: Race, Boyhood, and School Discipline in Early Childhood.

The image of the “criminal” black male is one that shapes the social experiences of black males in U.S. society. The racialized and gendered representation of black males as criminal, primarily

Boys to men: the cost of ‘adultification’ in safeguarding responses to Black boys

This commentary is in response to the publication of Child C’s serious case review, published in May 2020. Child C was a victim of child criminal exploitation. He was murdered on the streets of

The Color of Childhood: The Role of the Child/Human Binary in the Production of Anti-Black Racism

The binary between the figure of the child and the fully human being is invoked with regularity in analyses of race, yet its centrality to the conception of race has never been fully explored. For

Girls and Trauma: Performing Socio-Surgery through a Gender-Responsive Lens

Adolescence is a precarious time in the development of girls. Faced with the complexities of biological changes, self-awareness, and family and peer relationships, the realities of trauma often

Black Girls and the Beauty Salon: Fostering a Safe Space for Collective Self-Care

Black girls regularly experience gendered, racial structural violence, not just from formal systems of law enforcement, but throughout their daily lives. School is one of the most central and

The Manichean division in children’s experience: Developmental psychology in an anti-Black world

Recent research in developmental psychology situates human development in ecological systems. While culturally sensitive variants of ecological systems theory take important strides in identifying

Bhutanese–Nepali Young Women’s Experiences with Racism Inside and Outside of Schools

Abstract This study explores how young Bhutanese-Nepali refugee women experience racism within and outside of school settings. Using data collected from a 16-month community-based culturally

Never again left in prison cells: Black girl’s citizenship making in an era of anti-Black girlhoods

ABSTRACT This sociohistorical analysis situates Black girls experiences in alternative schools as a fight for citizenship. In this era of what we call antiblack girlhoods we describe how Black girls

Animating Discipline Disparities through Debilitating Practices: Girls of Color and Inequitable Classroom Interactions

Context Girls of Color are overrepresented in school disciplinary actions based on subjectively judged, minor infractions. Studies have consistently shown that this exclusionary discipline has



The essence of innocence: consequences of dehumanizing Black children.

The present research finds converging evidence that Black boys are seen as older and less innocent and that they prompt a less essential conception of childhood than do their White same-age peers.

(E)Racing Childhood: Examining the Racialized Construction of Childhood and Innocence in the Treatment of Sexually Exploited Minors

Over the last twenty years, domestic sexual trafficking of children has received increased attention from state and national policymakers and advocates. Indeed, states across the country have enacted

Childhood Adultification in Economically Disadvantaged Families: A Conceptual Model*

Abstract: This article presents an emergent conceptual model of childhood adultification and economic disadvantage derived from 5 longitudinal ethnographies of children and adolescents growing up in

Unmasking the Inequitable Discipline Experiences of Urban Black Girls: Implications for Urban Educational Stakeholders

There is a large body of research examining the discipline experiences of Black males (Lewis et al. in Souls: A Critical Journey of Black Politics, Culture, and Society,2009; Skiba et al. in The

Are adolescents less mature than adults?: minors' access to abortion, the juvenile death penalty, and the alleged APA "flip-flop".

Evidence is presented that adolescents demonstrate adult levels of cognitive capability earlier than they evince emotional and social maturity, and it is entirely reasonable to assert that adolescents possess the necessary skills to make an informed choice about terminating a pregnancy but are nevertheless less mature than adults in ways that mitigate criminal responsibility.

From the School Yard to the Squad Car: School Discipline, Truancy, and Arrest

Being suspended or expelled from school increased the likelihood of arrest in that same month and this effect was stronger among youth who did not have a history of behavior problems and when youth associated with less delinquent peers.

The Role of Colorism in Explaining African American Females’ Suspension Risk

Results indicate that colorism was a significant predictor of school suspension risk, and African American female adolescents with darker complexions were almost twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension as their White female peers.

(Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Toward a Critical Framework for Educational Research

Drawing on critical childhood studies, Michael J. Dumas and Joseph Derrick Nelson argue that Black boyhood is socially unimagined and unimaginable, largely due to the devalued position and limited ...

Priming Unconscious Racial Stereotypes About Adolescent Offenders

Unconscious racial stereotypes of decision makers in the juvenile justice system were examined and police officers in the racial prime condition reported more negative trait ratings, greater culpability, and expected recidivism, and they endorsed harsher punishment than didOfficers in the neutral condition.

Against Captivity: Black Girls & Sch. Discipline Policies in the Afterlife of Slavery, 30 eduC

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