Teen Mothers--Citizens or Dependents?

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In a book that speaks clearly and forcefully to the heart of the welfare debate in the United States, Ruth Horowitz examines one of the most critical questions of welfare policy: how can a United States government program help teen mothers—one of the most needful groups of all welfare recipients—move from welfare dependency to employment, independence, and responsible citizenship?

"Rich vignettes reveal the complexities of teenage mothers' lives, particularly the disjuncture between classroom and street ...

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Overview


In a book that speaks clearly and forcefully to the heart of the welfare debate in the United States, Ruth Horowitz examines one of the most critical questions of welfare policy: how can a United States government program help teen mothers—one of the most needful groups of all welfare recipients—move from welfare dependency to employment, independence, and responsible citizenship?

"Rich vignettes reveal the complexities of teenage mothers' lives, particularly the disjuncture between classroom and street identities, 'inside' and 'outside.' . . . Original and illuminating as well as timely."—Sharon Thompson, Women's Review of Books

"Horowitz offers insights that should be considered in the debate over welfare reform. . . . Teen Mothers . . . places Horowitz's results in the context of major theories about the role of welfare in the U.S. and offers a microlevel critique of the implicit assumptions and probable consequences of each theory's approach to welfare reform."—Booklist

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Horowitz (sociology, U. of Delaware), as a participant/observer, follows teen mothers in a year-long, government-sponsored program designed to help them earn GED diplomas and provide job training. She identifies the reasons for the success or failure of such programs, and lets program participants speak for themselves on issues such as sex and boyfriends, motherhood, and goals. For social workers, students, and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226353791
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Pt. 1: Issues in Program Development
1: Getting to Know Project GED
2: Contested Organizational Cultures: Helping and Authority
Pt. 2: Social Service Providers and Teen Mothers
3: Social Service Providers' Problems of Social Identity
4: Social Distance as a Strategy of Compliance
5: Classroom Failure without Redress
6: Sex and Boyfriends: Your Dirty Laundry or Dramatic Dreams
7: Motherhood: Authenticity and the Context of Suspicion
8: Changing Welfare from Stigma to Scholarship: The Arbiters versus the Mediators
Pt. 3: Is Welfare Reform Possible?
9: Backstage Links to Public Empowerment
10: The Embodied Reason of Welfare Reform
References
Index
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