Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty: Dreams, Disenchantments, and Diversity

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Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty sheds welcome light on the opportunities and challenges that welfare reform has imposed on low-income families situated in disadvantaged areas. Combining both qualitative and quantitative research, it will be an excellent guide for scholars and practitioners alike seeking to address the problem of poverty in rural America.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Rural poverty has been seriously neglected by scholars, making this book particularly welcome. It is balanced, well written, and focused on a timely issue. It should be of interest to social workers and a broad array of social scientists.”
—S. Pressman, Choice

Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty is a welcome addition to the literature on welfare reform and required reading for anyone seeking to decipher the local consequences of the 1997 legislation.”
—Julie Zimmerman, American Journal of Sociology

“The authors successfully make the case that there is more to the story of welfare reform than simply declining caseloads, and there are many lessons to be learned for researchers and policymakers. If you are interested in a broad treatment of the effects of welfare reform in persistently poor rural counties, this book is not for you. However, if you are interested in an analysis, rich in local context, of how welfare reform worked in some of the poorest rural counties in the United States, then it will be a great addition to your library.”
—Alexander Marré, Journal of Regional Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271028774
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Rural Studies
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 24.00 (w) x 16.20 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Pickering is Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University.

Mark H. Harvey is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University.

Gene F. Summers is Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

David Mushinski is Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Rural places, state welfare policies, and theoretical bases 11
2 Welfare caseloads : changes in public assistance program use 39
3 Labor markets : from TANF to low-wage part-time jobs 49
4 Poverty : family and community well-being 69
5 Welfare reform on the reservation, South Dakota 87
6 Welfare reform in Appalachia, Kentucky 123
7 Welfare reform in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas 149
8 Welfare reform in the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi 189
9 Welfare reform in persistent rural poverty 209
App. A TANF participant respondent characteristics 221
App. B Cluster counties and reservations 227
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