Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform

Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform

by Sandra Morgen, Joan Acker, Jill Weigt


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801475108
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Questioning the Success of Welfare Reform

1. History and Political Economy of Welfare in the United States and Oregon

2. Velvet Gloves, Iron Fists, and Rose-Colored Glasses: Welfare Administrators and the Official Story of Welfare Restructuring

3. Doing the Work of Welfare: Enforcing "Self-Sufficiency" on the Front Lines

4. Negotiating Neoliberal Ideology and “On the Ground” Reality in Welfare Work

5. The Other Side of the Desk: Client Experiences and Perspectives on Welfare Restructuring

6. Life after Welfare: The Costs of Low-Wage Employment

Conclusion: Reforming Welfare “Reform”

Appendix: Situating Ourselves

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