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Living on the edge in suburbia : from welfare to workfare

Author: Terese Lawinski
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Westchester County, New York, is thought of as suburban and affluent, but welfare reform hit hard here, too. The radical 1996 legislation created a temporary assistance program for poor families with harsher provisions than the program it replaced. It mandates "workfare," meaning that recipients must work as a condition of benefit receipt. But the work parents obtain in the so-called flexible labor market--jobs like  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terese Lawinski
ISBN: 9780826516992 0826516998 9780826517005 0826517005
OCLC Number: 427757183
Description: xi, 196 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Living on the edge in suburbia --
From welfare to workfare --
The business of welfare --
Family needs versus welfare limits --
Insecurity and inflexibility of "flexible" labor --
Work first, workfare and education --
Divergent interests.
Responsibility: Terese Lawinski.

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A look at the effect of welfare reform on seemingly affluent suburban families. These stories reveal a broad array of precipitating circumstances that led to a downward economic slide and to welfare.  Read more...

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"Recommended."--CHOICE "Offers the reader a window on the struggles of the suburban poor"--Journal of Planning Education and Research

 
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