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Children Going West (Review Essay of Hillary Clinton, It Takes a Village)


Kenneth Anderson


American University - Washington College of Law; Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Brookings Institution - Governance Studies


Times Literary Supplement (London), July 19, 1996

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This Times Literary Supplement (London) review essay from 1996 takes up Hillary Rodham Clinton's It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us, and Emmy E. Werner's, Pioneer Children on the Journey West. The review takes a tough line against the therapeutic yet simultaneously authoritarian ethic of Clinton's book; it argues that Clinton has essentially conflated a set of local community institutions - places of identity - with state institutions of therapeutic and social control - bureaucratic loci of state management of deracinated, passive individuals. It sets this against the ethic of responsibility evoked in the diaries of girls making the journey westwards in 19th century America; Emmy Werner, for her part, curiously tries to read into those accounts of responsibility, independence, and self-reliance a history of trauma and weakness that would benefit from contemporary therapeutic management. The review essay attacks both books as promoting the hegemony of the helping professions and its authoritarian management of an increasingly more helpless populace.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: Children, West, Dunblane, Wolverhampton, Social Category, Embedded, Emmy E. Werner, Westward Journey, Literacy, therapy, therapeutic, authoritarianism, helping professions, Survivor Children, Poverty, Vulnerability, At Risk, Stress, Trauma, Altruism, Mutualism, Hillary Rodham Clinton, thera

JEL Classification: B30, B31, I19, I20, I30, I31, I39, J12, J19

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Anderson, Kenneth, Children Going West (Review Essay of Hillary Clinton, It Takes a Village). Times Literary Supplement (London), July 19, 1996. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=935782

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Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)
American University - Washington College of Law ( email )
4801 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States
Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States
Brookings Institution - Governance Studies
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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