Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work, and the War on Poverty

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Karen Kahn
...I appreciated Naples' focus on the commitment to community that her narrators expressed in word as well as deed; we need these stories to challenge the stereotypes of lazy, dependent welfare queens that have propelled the social welfare policies of the 1990s. -- Women's Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415910248
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/4/1998
  • Series: Perspectives on Gender Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Women Warriors in the War on Poverty 1
Pt. II The U.S. War on Poverty
2 Contradictions of New Careers 39
3 Community Action in Differing Political Contexts 63
Pt. III Motivations and Inspirations for Community Work
4 Pathways to Community Work 83
5 Activist Mothering, Community Caretaking, and Civic Work 109
Pt. IV The Gendered Politics of Community Work
6 Dynamics of Race, Class, and Feminist Praxis 131
7 Intergenerational Continuity of Community Work 155
Pt. V Conclusion: Lessons for a Renewed War on Poverty
8 Shifting Standpoints on Politics and the State 179
App. A Methodological Considerations 203
App. B A Demographic Profile of the Community Workers Interviewed, 1983-1985 207
App. C Don't Bother Voting in Poverty Elections, 1966 209
App. D Amending the War on Poverty 210
App. E Permissible and Prohibited Activities, PAAC 1966 212
App. F Map of Philadelphia's Twelve Poverty Areas, 1965 215
App. G Maximum Participation Movement, Philadelphia 1966 216
Notes 219
References 249
Index 271
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