Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color

Reimagining Equality: A New Deal for Children of Color

by Nancy E. Dowd


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A comprehensive examination of developmental inequality among children

Developmental equality–whether every child has an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential–is essential for children’s future growth and access to opportunity. In the United States, however, children of color are disproportionately affected by poverty, poor educational outcomes, and structural discrimination, limiting their potential. In Reimagining Equality, Nancy E. Dowd sets out to examine the roots of these inequalities by tracing the life course of black boys from birth to age 18 in an effort to create an affirmative system of rights and support for all children.

Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book demonstrates that black boys encounter challenges and barriers that funnel them toward failure rather than developmental success. Their example exposes a broader reality of hierarchies among children, linked to government policies, practices, structures, and institutions. Dowd argues for a new legal model of developmental equality, grounded in the real challenges that children face on the basis of race, gender, and class.

Concluding with a “New Deal” for all children, Reimagining Equality provides a comprehensive set of policies that enables our political and legal systems to dismantle what harms and discriminates children, and maximize their development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479893355
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 925,508
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Dowd is Professor and David Levin Chair in Family Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is the editor of the Families, Law and Society series at NYU Press, and author or editor of numerous books, including A New Juvenile Justice System (NYU 2015).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Black Boys

1 Black Boys 9

2 School, Cognitive Bias, and Stereotypes 19

3 Adolescence, Racial Identity, and Resistance 28

4 Structural and Cultural Barriers 42

Part II Developmental Equality

5 A Developmental Model 53

6 Developmental Equality 66

7 Theory 79

Part III Strategies

8 ACEs and Compton: A Strategy for Change? 97

9 Constitutional Strategy 115

10 A New Deal for Children 136

Acknowledgments 167

Bibliography 171

Index 233

About the Author 237

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