"Fujimura has written an intense and powerful book. In addition to providing a disturbing portrait of Russia's abandoned children, the book's great merit is found in the author's insights about the cultural meaning of child abandonment in Russia." - Smith College Studies in Social Work
"[F]ascinating case studies….[c]ould stimulate good discussion on issues like the role of culture in human development and the universality or specificity of the causes and/or effects of experiences (e.g., the abandonment of children) that cross national lines." - PsycCritques
"Draws on interview and other data to examine the lives and stigmatization of children in Russian shleters, orphanages, and streets." - The Chronicle of Higher Education
About the Author
Clementine K. Fujimura is an Associate Professor of language and culture studies at the United States Naval Academy, where she teaches Russian and German, culture, and literature courses. She received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and has been writing about Russia's homeless children, abandonment, and its cultural concept of childhood since 1991. She has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her work on homeless children in Russia.
Sally W. Stoecker is a Lecturer in ciminology and criminal law, and a candidate of sciences, at Baikal State University of Economics in Irkutsk, Russia. Her reserach focuses on child homelessness, drug addiction of minors, and juvenile crime. She is formerly Coordinator of the Irkutsk Center for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption in Irkutsk.
Tatyana Sudakova is Scholar-in-Residence at American University's Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), where she conducts research on human trafficking, child homelessness and exploitation, and juvenile crime. Stoecker also teaches courses on child homelessness and exploitation, and juvenile crime. Stoecker teaches courses on Russian politics in the School of International Service at American University and served as Executive Editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization for six years.