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 Educational Leadership Professor's Book Focuses on Underprivileged School Children

Educational Leadership Professor's Book Focuses on Underprivileged School Children

Julia Hall, PhD is editor of a recently released book about children in low-income communities

Buffalo, New York – September 24, 2014 – Julia Hall, PhD, professor of educational leadership and policy in the D'Youville College Department of Education is the editor of a recently released book that focuses on children in economically marginalized communities.

"Underprivileged School Children and the Assault on Dignity – Policy Challenges and Resistance," is a part of the series “Routledge Studies in Education and Neoliberalism."

“This volume applies theoretical and historical insights to think through the increasingly undignified realities of life in economically marginalized communities,” according to the publisher, Routledge.

“Every day, children living in low-income communities have no choice but to grow up in a climate where they experience multiple unending assaults to their sense of dignity,” contends Hall.

In the current context, social freedoms are often relegated to the status of "extra" or "entitlement," Dr. Hall points out. "While this has long been the historical reality among dominated groups, now it is also more visible and felt by those with relative privilege."

“Missing in the culture is a sense of a lager, connective framework…in which we are linked to each other in our shared political commitments and commonality,” Hall writes. “Instead, people are left with only themselves to negotiate the struggle inherent in economic relations. Many are barely doing so, including school children cross the P-12 lifespan who have been economically and racially marginalized.”

Top experts in sociology, education, and across the social sciences are included in this volume. For example, Robert D. Bullard, who is considered "the Father of Environmental Justice" is a contributor. Rosemary Sarri, a leading scholar on juvenile justice is also included. The foreword to the book is written by the critical education theorist, Dennis Carlson.

According to Hall, "It's been great to work with such scholars. I'm excited about the book's release." Routledge, a member of Taylor & Francis Group, is the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences publishing thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide.

Hall joined D’Youville in 2001 and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo where she earned her doctorate in the Sociology of Education. Her master’s degree is from McGill University in Montreal.

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