Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques

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Welfare Policy is for me an occasion for rejoicing. Grounded in the present public controversy over so-called welfare reform, these chapters . . . model a genre of feminist ethics, informed normatively by radical readings of Christian or related religious traditions. This book is distinctive, however, because its theological perspective is profoundly and unapologetically political, rooted in an advocacy stance for a policy that aims at women's well-being.—Beverly W. Harrison, from the ForewordWelfare Policy: ...

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Overview

Welfare Policy is for me an occasion for rejoicing. Grounded in the present public controversy over so-called welfare reform, these chapters . . . model a genre of feminist ethics, informed normatively by radical readings of Christian or related religious traditions. This book is distinctive, however, because its theological perspective is profoundly and unapologetically political, rooted in an advocacy stance for a policy that aims at women's well-being.—Beverly W. Harrison, from the ForewordWelfare Policy: Feminist Critiques looks behind the political-moral mask to explore the issues at stake for women and children in the welfare debate.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781608992317
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Elizabeth M. Bounds is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University .Pamela K. Brubaker is Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University .Mary E. Hobgood is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Beverly W. Harrison vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Contributors xv

Welfare "Reform": A War against the Poor Elizabeth M. Bounds Pamela K. Brubaker Mary E. Hobgood 1

Part 1 Theological and Philosophical Ethical Frameworks

1 Making Women and Children Matter: A Feminist Theological Ethic Confronts Welfare Policy Pamela K. Brubaker 25

2 Liberation from the Welfare Trap? Ellen Ott Marshall 47

3 Decentering Poverty Ruth L. Smith 60

4 Rational Man and Feminist Economists on Welfare Reform Carol S. Robb 77

Part 2 Race, Class, and Family Values

5 The Production of Character: A Feminist Response to the Communitarian Focus on Family Gloria H. Albrecht 95

6 Family Values and Working Alliances: The Question of Hatred and Public Policy Janet R. Jakobsen 109

7 Agenda for the Churches: Uprooting a National Policy of Morally Stigmatizing Poor Single Black Moms Traci C. West 133

Part 3 Analysis of Responses of Churches and Activists

8 Welfare as a Family Value: Conflicting Notions of Family in Protestant Welfare Responses Elizabeth M. Bounds 157

9 Poor Women, Work, and the U.S. Catholic Bishops: Discerning Myth from Reality in Welfare Reform Mary E. Hobgood 175

10 Face to Face: Transforming Faith-Based Outreach Joan Sakalas 201

Afterwords

Economics, Ethics, and the Everyday: Reflections from Another Shore Ada María Isasi-Díaz 215

Welfare in the Age of Spectacles Emilie M. Townes 225

Resources 233

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