Women in the American Welfare Trap

Women in the American Welfare Trap

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Women in the American Welfare Trap Catherine Kingfisher In the United States, a majority of the poor and those who work with the poor are women. Recipients of public assistance and the welfare workers who serve them are both trapped at the bottom of the American welfare system. How do they perceive their place in society? How do they assess their self-worth in the hierarchy of a bureaucratic system? In this ethnographic study of a welfare office and two welfare rights groups, Catherine Pelissier Kingfisher addresses these issues in a thought-provoking analysis, based on the women's conversations with each other. "Women in the American Welfare Trap" addresses a range of significant issues: policy formation and implementation, the role of men in women's economic lives, low-income women's beliefs and aspirations, and the possibilities for women cooperatively working to change the welfare system. Indeed, Kingfisher demonstrates that women who are often viewed as victims without control actively work within the confines of the system to exert their autonomy. 1996 224 pages ISBN 978-0-8122-1515-1 Paper $28.95s 19.00 World Rights Public Policy
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1996], ©1996
ISBN: 9780585120089
Branch Call Number: 362.838 Ki
Description: 1 online resource (x, 206 pages)
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)


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