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Cheating welfare : public assistance and the criminalization of poverty

Author: Kaaryn S Gustafson
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses the history and prevalence of welfare fraud using interviews and case studies.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kaaryn S Gustafson
ISBN: 9780814732311 0814732313 9780814732915 0814732917 9780814760796 0814760791
OCLC Number: 692291850
Description: xi, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Reconstructing social ills : from the perils of poverty to welfare dependency --
The criminalization of poverty --
A glimpse at the interviewees --
Living within and without the rules --
Engaging with rules and negotiating compliance --
Contextualizing criminality, noncompliance, and resistance --
Cheating ourselves.
Responsibility: Kaaryn S. Gustafson.

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An in-depth exploration of welfare fraud in America, focusing on both victims of complex public policy and those who manipulate the system  Read more...

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The book is a readable account of welfare mothers (and a few fathers), emphasizing how these people understand and often violate the rules they are supposed to follow. It would be useful in a course Read more...

 
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