THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDIES AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
THE ANN LUCAS LECTURE SERIES IN LAW & JUSTICE
Anthony M. Platt, “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency”
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Engineering room 189, SJSU
Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Associate Professor, Sacramento State University
Barry Krisberg, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Geoff Ward, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Hailed as a definitive analytical and historical study of the juvenile justice system, this 40th anniversary edition of The Child Savers features a new essay by Anthony M. Platt that highlights recent directions in the field, as well as a critique of his original text. Focusing on social reformers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Platt’s principal argument is that the “child savers” movement was not an effort to liberate and dignify youth but, instead, a punitive and intrusive attempt to control the lives of working-class urban adolescents. This expanded edition provides a renewed and distinguished contribution by placing it in historical context through insightful commentaries from cross-disciplinary academics, along with an essay by Miroslava Chávez-García examining how Platt’s influential study has impacted many of the central arguments social scientists and historians face today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anthony M. Platt is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of several books on American history, social policy, and race relations.