Keeping Women and Children Last: America's War on the Poor

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As Ruth Sidel persuasively demonstrates, America, in its search for a post-Cold War enemy, has turned inward to target single mothers on welfare. Politicians have scapegoated and stigmatized female-headed families both as a method of social control and to divert attention from the severe problems that Americans face. Keeping Women and Children Last reveals the real victims of poverty - the millions of children who suffer from societal neglect, inferior education, inadequate health care, hunger, and homelessness. ...
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Overview

As Ruth Sidel persuasively demonstrates, America, in its search for a post-Cold War enemy, has turned inward to target single mothers on welfare. Politicians have scapegoated and stigmatized female-headed families both as a method of social control and to divert attention from the severe problems that Americans face. Keeping Women and Children Last reveals the real victims of poverty - the millions of children who suffer from societal neglect, inferior education, inadequate health care, hunger, and homelessness. This new edition addresses the seismic shift in the welfare landscape since the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. "The end of welfare as we know it," shows Sidel, will only help to keep America's poor women and children last.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to 1986's Women and Children Last, sociologist Sidel attempts to untangle and then correct the public misperceptions about America's poor. It is a daunting task, but Sidel succeeds admirably, without losing her academic detachment. The book is a comprehensive analysis of data and personal anecdotes which highlight the absurdity of the current welfare debate on Capitol Hill. Her research reveals, among other things, that many of the poor hold full-time jobs, were formerly members of the middle class and hold middle-class values. In fact, Sidel's data, interviews and conclusions are so well-presented and convincing, one wonders how any reader could possibly disagree. Fortunately, Sidel also addresses the more emotional, irrational aspects of the arguments against welfare and the way those arguments demonize welfare recipients and poor women. Sidel's progressive suggestions on how society can remedy economic disparity close the book on a hopeful note. Like its predecessor, this is a thoughtfully researched exploration of the myths and reality of America's attitude towards its least fortunate. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140246636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Enemy Within 1
Ch. 2 The Assault on the Female-Headed Family 33
Ch. 3 Who Are the Poor? 58
Ch. 4 Targeting Welfare Recipients 81
Ch. 5 Teenage Mothers: Casualties of a Limited Future 116
Ch. 6 Poor Children: The Walking Wounded 141
Ch. 7 A Return to Caring 166
Epilogue: Abandoning the Poor 201
Notes 229
Bibliography 253
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    Only if you have to!!

    I had to read this book for a class. Needless to say, I would not recommend it unless you have to read it. Full of statistics, and filled with opinion.

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