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Acknowledgments Foreword: A Personal Journey to Some Research Questions 1. Testing Freedom: On the Road to a Runaway Problem Part I: Constructing Runaway Youth 2. Media Myth Spinning: From Runaway Adventurers to Street Survivors (1960-1978) 3. Spinning Myths from Runaway Lives: A Hip Beat Version of Dropping Out Part II: Psychedelic Social Workers and Alternative Services 4. Digger Free: Power in Autonomy, Independence in a Free City Network (1966-1968) 5. The Grassroots Rise of Alternative Runaway Services (1967-1974) Part III: Policy and "Runaway" Youth 6. Shifting Institutional Structures: From Moral Guidance to Autonomous Denizens (1960-1978) 7. Legitimization Through Legislation-The Runaway Youth Act: National Attention to the Runaway Problem (1971-1974) Part IV: Conclusions: Where We've Been, Where We're Going, What We've Learned 8. National Extensions-Problem, Services, and Policy (1974-) 9. Closing Note: Lessons Learned and Conveyed Appendix 1: Runaway Youth Act (Senate Version, S. 2829: the Bayh/Cook Bill) Appendix 2: Runaway Youth Act (House Version, H. 9298) Appendix 3: The Runaway Youth Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-415) Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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Karen M. Staller's excellent book is part of a growing body of scholarship about the sixties that is overdue. Her research is impeccable, her writing accessible, and her attempt to shine a light on the issue of 'runaways' and its implications and changing treatment by the press is laudable. It is a compelling, interesting read. -- Peter Coyote, actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle This book will be a valuable resource for anyone working with runaway youth. Karen M. Staller's unique perspective offers a distinctive and comprehensive view of this population that is generally unfamiliar to providers, policymakers, and program developers. -- Sanna J. Thompson, associate professor of social work, University of Texas at Austin Runaways is a readable, compelling demonstration that ideas matter in forming public policy. Runaway adolescents have been characterized as deviants and as victims, as independent adventurers and as hapless rejects. Karen M. Staller explores the roots of these images and shows how they combined to shape laws and social services. -- Joel Best, professor of sociology and criminal justice, University of Delaware Karen M. Staller's excellent book is part of a growing body of scholarship about the sixties...a compelling, interesting read. -- Peter Coyote, Actor and Author of Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle

About the Author

Karen M. Staller is assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan. She has also practiced public interest law with low-income senior citizens and at-risk adolescents in New York City. Karen Staller, PhD, JD is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on runaway and homeless youth and other at-risk adolescents. Her scholarly interests include the relationship between social problem construction and social policy, interdisciplinary legal-social work practice, and the history of social welfare institutions. She has practiced public interest law with low-income senior citizens and at-risk adolescents in New York City and was educated at Cornell Law School and Columbia University School of Social Work.


" Runaways offers an informative description of the history of service development and media construction of runaway youth in America." -- Emilie Smeaton, Child and Family Social Work

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