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New book by CURE affiliated scholar Lauren Silver: “System Kids: Adolescent Mothers and the Politics of Regulation”

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 Lauren J. Silver is Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. She is a critical ethnographer whose work lies at the intersection of the sociology and anthropology of youth, feminist methodologies, and analyses of urban systems.

 Based on her practice and two years of ethnography, “System Kids” considers the daily lives of adolescent mothers as they negotiate an urban child welfare system to meet the needs of their children and themselves. The work demonstrates how institutional “silos” construct the lives of youth as disconnected, reinforcing unforgiving policies and imposing demands on young women the system was intended to help. 

Dr. Silver will give a CURE seminar talk / book signing on Friday, April 3.  Books will be available for purchase.  More details to follow.

Next CURE seminar – Alan Mallach, Friday, February 27

Please join us for our next CURE seminar:

Regeneration and Inequality in US Post-Industrial Cities
Alan Mallach.Alan Mallach
senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC

Urban regeneration is a reality in US cities, and during the past 10 to 15 years has spread from coastal cities like Washington DC and San Francisco to the nation’s historically industrial cities, including Baltimore, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, slowing and in some cases reversing decades of population and job loss. At the same time, as these cities have seen renewed growth and redevelopment, they have also become more spatially, economically and racially polarized, as some parts of cities have seen revival but others continued, even accelerated, decline. Based on my ongoing research into the changes in the nation’s post-industrial cities, I will describe the recent trends in these cities, analyze some of the salient forces driving these trends, and offer some thoughts about the challenges they represent for social and public policy.

Friday, February 27, 2015 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Faculty Lounge, 3rd floor Armitage Hall
Lunch will be served 


CURE seminars are free and open to the public.  No registration is required. 
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New article by CURE affiliated scholar Joan Maya Mazelis

October 124, 2012 / Faculty and Staff Portraits / Photo by Bob Laramie

Joan Maya Mazelis (2015). “I got to try to give back: How Reciprocity Norms in a Poor People’s Organization Influence Members’ Social Capital.” Journal of Poverty 19 (1): 109-131.


CURE project on neighborhood change in Camden makes news!

“As Camden leaders tout a budding renaissance in the city, one Rutgers-Camden project will be keeping an objective eye by tracking neighborhood changes in the Cramer Hill section.” (JONATHAN LAI, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER POSTED: Saturday, January 31, 2015)


Rutgers University-Camden MPA grad (‘2014) Zaid Mazahreh and current MPA grad student Danielle Davis


Zaid Mazahreh (right) and Danielle Davis survey the Cramer Hill neighborhood of Camden, inputting information in their iPhones as part of the Camden Neighborhood Change Study.






Read story: Mapping neighborhood change in Camden

Next CURE seminar, Natasha Tursi, Anthony Voci, Danielle Davis: Friday, January 30, 2015 @12pm

Please join us for our next seminar:

 Update on the CURE Camden Neighborhood Change Study

Anthony Voci

Anthony Voci

Program Coordinator,
 Camden Neighborhood Change Study

Danielle Davis

Danyelle Davis

Camden Neighborhood Change Study

Natasha Tursi,

Associate Director, CURE
Project Director, Camden Neighborhood Change Study


 There are major new investments in different Camden neighborhoods such as the new Kroc Community Center in Cramer Hill.  Such resources could have major spillover effects on housing conditions and neighborhood integrity in affected areas.  In order for community researchers to understand the scope and magnitude of these effects, it is essential to develop baseline data on current neighborhood conditions and to build a longitudinal database.   Read more

CURE Annual Report 2014

2014 CURE Annual Report

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