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Motherhood, poverty, and the WIC program in urban America : life strategies

Author: Suzanne Morrissey
Publisher: Lanham ; Boulder ; New York ; London : Lexington Books, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The study presented here is one of urban poverty, household survival, and social institutions that both enable and control the decision-making of poor women in America. First and foremost, it is about a public health program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known more commonly as WIC, and how the institution re-inscribes persistent stereotypes of the urban poor on the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Morrissey
ISBN: 9781498530552 1498530559 9780739189337 0739189336
OCLC Number: 947083842
Description: xiv, 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Sick cities: poverty and infant mortality in central New York --
Imperatives and impacts of the Federal WIC Program --
Methodological persuasions: solving public health problems when "Problem" holds multiple meanings --
Inside WIC: bureaucracy, barriers, and provider values --
Strategizing motherhood and public health in urban America --
Metaphorical thought and the construction of WIC frames of reference --
Hidden rationalities.
Responsibility: Suzanne Morrissey.

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This urban ethnography examines the relationship between urban residence and endemic poverty and health inequalities. Looking at the everyday lives of struggling women, it explores how bureaucratic  Read more...

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In this self-proclaimed 'classic ethnographic case study in urban anthropology,' anthropologist Morrissey examines how low-income minority women make use of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Read more...

 
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