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dc.contributor.advisorLein, Lauraen
dc.contributor.advisorStrong, Pauline Turner, 1953-en
dc.creatorDel Sol, Marinaen
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-17T20:33:36Zen
dc.date.available2011-11-17T20:33:36Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3406en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractI am researching the experience of foster care drift. This term refers to children who are considered homeless because it is not clear where they are going next. Research shows that the majority of children who have experienced foster care drift lead unstable lives after reaching the age of eighteen. They have high levels of poverty, homelessness, and incarceration, lack the most basic literacy and life skills, do not sustain employment, and lack health care and mental health care. The research is centered in a residential treatment center for girls. I conducted ethnographic research while working with about two dozen girls, aged seven to seventeen, on service-learning projects. The girls designed projects in which they developed a sense of helping someone else. Frequently these projects involved the making and exchange of material objects. Unfortunately, the institutional structure isn’t set up to provide such activities on a regular basis. My analysis focuses on how the girls use objects to gain social status and form bonds with others. I seek to understand the nature of their sense of ownership and belonging in a group, which differ markedly from those valued outside the system. The skills the girls are practicing in the residential treatment center will serve them well in total institutions such as prisons and mental hospitals, but they will have a hard time succeeding in a job or educational setting.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectFoster careen
dc.subjectChildrenen
dc.subjectYouthen
dc.subjectMuseumsen
dc.subjectMaterial cultureen
dc.subjectPovertyen
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.titleSolitary girls : longing among wards of the stateen
dc.date.updated2011-11-17T20:33:53Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3406en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMenchaca, Marthaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStewart, Kathleen C.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFranklin, Mariaen
dc.description.departmentFolklore and Public Cultureen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentFolklore and Public Cultureen
thesis.degree.disciplineFolklore and Public Cultureen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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