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14 October: Professor Linda Blum, Northeastern University

Raising Generation Rx —Negotiations with School 

Abstract

Linda Blum will provide an overview of her new book Raising Generation Rx. Based on three sources of qualitative data – in-depth interviews with diverse U.S. mothers, observations of special-education parents’ meetings, and analysis of popular advice -- she examines how the burgeoning diagnoses of children in the U.S. with social, emotional, behavioral disorders like ADHD conveys new cultural messages, revises notions of childrearing for an age of inequality, and compels mothers to take “personal responsibility” for maximizing their children’s brain development.  She also reveals how mothers in widely varied households advocate for their struggling children in the dense bureaucracies of the educational system and in the context of stigma and mother-blame.