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¿7FSo you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform

Author: Karen Seccombe
Publisher: Boston : Allyn & Bacon, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

Underneath the political rhetoric and welfare statistics are real live human beings who are trying to make sense out of their lives.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Seccombe
ISBN: 0205283128 9780205283125
OCLC Number: 924868844
Description: ix, 246 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface. Acknowledgments. 1.Introduction: Putting a Face on Welfare. Critical and Feminists Frameworks.Specific Contributions of This Study of Lived Experience.Welfare and Public Policy.Where Are the Voices of Welfare Recipients in the Discussion?A National Profile of Welfare Recipients.Who Are the Participants in This Study?Conclusion and Organization.2.Historical and Persisting Dilemmas: How Do We Explain Poverty, What Should We Do about It? History of AFDC.Recent Attempts at Welfare Reform.Explanations of Poverty and Welfare Use.3.Stigma and Discrimination. Awareness of Societal Attitudes Toward Welfare Recipients.Managing Stigma.4.Why Welfare? The Influence of Social Structure.Fatalism.Why the Inconsistency between Explanations of Their Own and Others' Use of Welfare.5.Day to Day Living and Decision Making. Day to Day Activities: Wild Living or Depressing Routine?Making Ends Meet with "The Check."Living and Surviving on Food Stamps.Juggling Bills.Coping with the Stress.Affording Life's Luxuries.Supplementing Welfare.6.Living and Surviving Welfare: The Importance of Family, Friends, and Formal Support. Informal Social Support: Families, Friends, Neighbors, and Children's Fathers.Formal Support: Help from Charities and Social Services.Working Side Jobs: Is This Fraud?7.Insiders' Perspectives on the Welfare System. Florida WAGES: A Case Example.The Role of the Government.Opinions of the Welfare System.Welfare Reforms.Ideas for Reform.8.Getting Off of Welfare. The Women in the Middle: Why Increasing Human Capital Is Not the Only Answer.The Importance of Our Social Structure.9.Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Visions of Change. Bibliography. Appendix: Interview Instrument.
Responsibility: Karen Seccombe.


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