Lost Childhoods (Paperback)

Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era

By Michaela Soyer

University of California Press, 9780520296718, 152pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2018

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Lost Childhoods focuses on the life-course histories of thirty young men serving time in the Pennsylvania adult prison system 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 all while familial ties that should have sustained them were broken at each turn. The book goes on to connect large-scale social policy decisions and their effects on family dynamics and demonstrates the limits of punitive justice.

About the Author

Michaela Soyer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and author of A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men.

Praise For Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era

"This book makes a significant contribution to the study of adolescents by examining how the many factors of childhood can affect the criminal behavior in the future."

— Journal of Youth & Adolescence