Everyday Resistance Among Poor Disabled Single Mothers.

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This project utilizes qualitative content analysis to examine the lives of poor disabled mothers in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Data consists of in-depth interviews conducted in-person with fourteen women receiving Caretaker Supplement benefits (CTS). CTS is a program unique to the state of Wisconsin and one of the more generous policy responses to poor mothers with disabilities following welfare reform of 1996. The study utilized an interview guide and includes questions about participant conceptualizations...
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Overview

This project utilizes qualitative content analysis to examine the lives of poor disabled mothers in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Data consists of in-depth interviews conducted in-person with fourteen women receiving Caretaker Supplement benefits (CTS). CTS is a program unique to the state of Wisconsin and one of the more generous policy responses to poor mothers with disabilities following welfare reform of 1996. The study utilized an interview guide and includes questions about participant conceptualizations of care, the strategies they used to care for their children and their experiences of stigma. Analysis proceeded by organizing three types of codes, topical, descriptive, and analytic, into themes. The overarching themes were organized as Strategies of Care; including caring in poverty and caring with a disability and their intersections, Conceptualizing Care; as teaching, providing and protecting; Recognizing and Resisting Stigma, including the stigma associated with benefit receipt, disabilities, and perceptions of disabled mothers. The participants utilize covert and overt resistance strategies, including withdrawal and avoidance. Findings indicate that even though these women benefit from a relatively generous policy support in the form of CTS, that they still experience extreme financial hardship. In contrast to much literature on disabled and poor mothers in which their "fitness" to parent is suspect, they are resourceful and dedicated in their efforts to provide for their children, many times describing how their children "come first" and "going without" in order to provide for their children's needs. Their commitment in the face of such hardship is remarkable. The discussion includes theoretical contributions to care, policy implications and directions for future research. For instance, in contrast to feminist theories that do not conceptualize financial support of care as care, these women described material provision as an important aspect of care, many times the most urgent form of caring. Policy recommendations include increased benefit levels, disentangling means tested benefits, family supportive policy such as child allowances and national healthcare policy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243510921
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/2/2011
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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