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Both hands tied : welfare reform and the race to the bottom in the low-wage labor market

Author: Jane Lou Collins; Victoria Mayer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
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This book studies the working poor in the United States, focusing in particular on the relation between welfare and low-wage earnings among working mothers. Grounded in the experience of thirty-three women living in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin, it tells the story of their struggle to balance child care and wage-earning in poorly paying and often state-funded jobs with inflexible schedules and the moments when  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Lou Collins; Victoria Mayer
ISBN: 9780226114057 0226114058 9780226114064 0226114066 9780226114071 0226114074
OCLC Number: 428731390
Description: xiii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: the connection between welfare and work --
Welfare reform's context: the growth of the low-wage service sector --
Welfare reform's content: building connections between work and welfare --
Tying the first hand: the solitary wage bargain --
Tying the second hand: challenges to economic citizenship --
Both hands tied: the race to the bottom in the low-wage labor market --
Conclusion: untying the hands.
Responsibility: Jane L. Collins and Victoria Mayer.

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