Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty, and Beyond / Edition 1

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A who's who of social scientists and activists takes on welfare reform and suggests other strategies to end poverty.
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Much of this book's stimulating content which critiques the impact of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) appeared originally in September 2001 as a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Albelda (economics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston; Economics and Feminism) and Withorn (social policy, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) characterize the bias of the 14 contributors (e.g., Lucy White, Joe Soss) as "feminist, antiracist, and progressive." These contributors consider the attitudes toward gender and race of those who crafted and support the act, claiming that its welfare-to-work stipulations are designed not so much to alleviate poverty as to get recipients off "the dole." Throughout these reasoned essays, a recurring theme is that the PRWORA overlooks, if not actively discourages, the prerequisites for self-sufficiency, i.e., a living wage, affordable child care and shelter, education and vocational training, healthcare support, and community- and individually-based power. The act's single-minded goal appears to be discontinuing welfare help "as we know it." This thoughtful and socially relevant work is highly recommended for academic, public, and professional libraries. (Index not seen.) Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896086586
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Sociology Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Who Deserves Help? Who Must Provide? 9
Globalization, American Politics, and Welfare Policy 27
Welfare Reform, Family Hardship, and Women of Color 43
Success Stories: Welfare Reform, Policy Discourse, and the Politics of Research 57
Fallacies of Welfare-to-Work Policies 79
Violating Women: Rights Abuses in the Welfare Police State 95
Attacking Welfare Racism/Honoring Poor People's Human Rights 113
Welfare Reform and Neighborhoods: Race and Civic Participation 129
Friends or Foes? Non-profits and the Puzzle of Welfare Reform 145
Learning from the History of Poor and Working-Class Women's Activism 163
Closing the Care Gap that Welfare Reform Left Behind 179
A View from the Bottom: Poor People and Their Allies Respond to Welfare Reform 195
App. A: Guide to Organizations and Resource Centers 211
App. B: Guide to Government and Statistical Resources on the Internet 225
App. C: Guide to Poverty Research Materials 229
About the Contributors 231
Index 235
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