The New Uprooted: Single Mothers in Urban Life

The New Uprooted: Single Mothers in Urban Life

by Elizabth Mulroy
     
 

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The New Uprooted explores the relationship between the single mother and her social and physical environments. Mulroy examines how demographically diverse single mothers (in terms of race, class, marital status, urban or suburban location, educational level, and employment status) experience dual roles as sole family breadwinner and sole resident parent in

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The New Uprooted explores the relationship between the single mother and her social and physical environments. Mulroy examines how demographically diverse single mothers (in terms of race, class, marital status, urban or suburban location, educational level, and employment status) experience dual roles as sole family breadwinner and sole resident parent in the 1990s environment of scarce resources. Families headed by single mothers have become a unit of social concern not only because they represent a changing family form, but because their economic marginality threatens a downward spiral toward the instability of urban poverty. The mothers' key issues are the high cost of housing their families in relation to low wages, irregular or nonpayment of child support, public welfare benefit levels, and the effects of domestic violence.

The book is based on multi-method research that includes analyses of the most recent census data relative to the changing composition of families and households, economic trends, and employment; analysis of recent empirical studies on increased neighborhood poverty and urban restructuring; and field research on the coping strategies of 73 single mothers. It will be of interest to public policymakers, scholars, and students of the contemporary American family, housing, and welfare issues.

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Examines the pressures on single mothers in the modern era, highlighting factors such as failure of fathers to provide support, violence, limited employment, and affordable housing. Part I offers background on 30 years of demographic changes in the family and the workplace and discusses the housing crisis. Part II explores societal attitudes toward mothers and work, teen mothers, and domestic violence. Part III describes stages of family restabilization after divorce, and recommends policy changes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865690387
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1995
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.92(d)

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