In contrast to accounts of inner-city poor families, these suburban parents' stories reveal a broad array of precipitating circumstances leading to their downward economic slide and to welfare. They also provide insight into the bureaucratic machinations, rigid rules and mandates, disciplining techniques, and catch-22s that create an insecure environment for many families today. Many of these stories show that the need for welfare over time extends well beyond the federal government's five-year lifetime limit on welfare. Policies emphasizing work first also restrict access to education and further hinder parents' ability to gain a toehold in the economy.
In this tale of people and policies, the author shows how the interests of governments are often at variance with those of vulnerable families, and how some government actions place more pressure on lives replete with stress.
|Publisher:||Vanderbilt University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Living on the Edge in Suburbia 11
3 From Welfare to Workfare 23
4 The Business of Welfare 35
5 Family Needs versus Welfare Limits 68
6 Insecurity and Inflexibility of "Flexible" Labor 89
7 Work First, Workfare, and Education 126
8 Divergent Interests 150
Epilogue: A New Era-A Global Economic Crisis and the Obama Administration 163