Voice, Choice, and Action: The Potential of Young Citizens to Heal Democracy (Paperback)
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"A book for these times as we confront the fault lines in our democracy...A deeply provocative work about the place of children in strengthening our sense of community."
--Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
--Gordon Harper, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry "An inspiring vision of a newly inclusive democracy."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Voice, Choice, and Action is the fruit of the extraordinary personal and professional partnership between a psychiatrist and neurobiologist whose research and social activism have informed each other for the last thirty years. Inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Felton Earls and Mary Carlson embarked on a series of studies to help children find their voice in the adult world. In Romania, they saw the devastating consequences of infant institutionalization. In Brazil, they found street children who had banded together to advocate for themselves. In Chicago, Earls sought to understand the origins of antisocial behavior in teenagers, and in Tanzania, they piloted a program to guide children's growth as deliberative citizens. Here in vivid detail are the science, ethics, and everyday practices needed to foster young citizens eager to confront social challenges. At a moment when adults regularly decry the state of our democracy, Voice, Choice, and Action offers invaluable tools to build a new generation of active citizens.