Distributing Condoms and Hope: The Racialized Politics of Youth Sexual Health

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Univ of California Press, Dec 1, 2020 - Social Science - 254 pages
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Distributing Condoms and Hope is a feminist ethnographic account of how youth sexual health programs in the racially and economically stratified city of “Millerston” reproduce harm in the marginalized communities they are meant to serve.

Chris A. Barcelos makes space for the stories of young mothers, who often recognize the narrow ways that public health professionals respond to pregnancies. Barcelos's findings show that teachers, social workers, and nurses ignore systemic issues of race, class, and gender and instead advocate for individual-level solutions such as distributing condoms and promoting "hope." Through a lens of reproductive justice, Distributing Condoms and Hope imagines a different approach to serving marginalized youth—a support system that neither uses their lives as a basis for disciplinary public policies nor romanticizes their struggles.
 

 

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Contents

Race Pregnancy and Power in Millerston
24
Youth Sexual Health Promotion
87
Sex Science and What Teens Do When Its
118
Imagining Reproductive Justice
145
Appendix A Organizations and Projects in Millerston
159
Notes
173
References
203
Index
227
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Chris A. Barcelos is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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