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

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Overview

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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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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