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The Resource "So you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe

"So you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe

Label
"So you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe
Title
"So you think I drive a Cadillac?"
Title remainder
welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This look at the welfare system provides readers with stories from welfare recipients themselves: how they got onto welfare, what the reality of welfare (and welfare reform) is for them, issues with raising their families, and what their plans, hopes, and dreams are for the future. Welfare recipients who were interviewed by the author share their perspectives on work requirements, family caps, time limits, and other features of the new welfare reform (TANF) program. These qualitative interviews are theoretically grounded, and supplemented with up-to-date statewide and national data on welfare reform and its consequences."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seccombe, Karen
Dewey number
362.5/80973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1445
LC item number
.S39 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poor women
  • Welfare recipients
  • Public welfare
Label
"So you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Introduction : putting a face on welfare -- Critical and feminist 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 -- Critical thinking questions -- 2. Historical and persisting dilemmas : how do we explain poverty, what should we do about it? -- History of cash assistance -- Recent attempts at welfare reform -- Explanations of poverty and welfare use -- Individualism -- Social structuralism -- Culture of poverty -- Fatalism -- Critical thinking questions -- 3. Stigma and discrimination -- Awareness of societal attitudes toward welfare recipients -- Racism and welfare -- Contexts where stigma and discrimination occur -- Managing stigma -- Denial -- Distancing themselves from other welfare recipients -- Blaming external forces : "it's not my fault" -- Extolling the importance of motherhood -- Critical thinking questions -- 4. Why welfare? -- The influence of social structure -- Employment -- The risk of losing health insurance -- Childcare -- Fathers' involvement -- Transportation -- Racism and sexism -- The welfare system breeds "dependence" on the system -- Fatalism -- Bad luck -- Poor health -- The termination of relationships -- Violence -- Why the inconsistency between explanations of their own and others' use of welfare? -- Critical thinking questions
  • 5. Day-to-day living and decision making -- Daily 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 -- Critical thinking questions -- 6. Living and surviving welfare : the importance of family, friends, and formal support -- Informal support : help from families, friends and neighbors, and children's fathers -- Assistance from families -- Assistance from friends and neighbors -- Assistance from children's fathers -- Formal support : help from charities and social services -- Working side jobs : is this fraud? -- Critical thinking questions -- 7. Insiders' perspectives on the welfare system -- Florida WAGES : a case example -- The role of government -- Opinions of the welfare system -- Strengths of the welfare system -- Weaknesses of the system -- Welfare reforms -- Time limits -- Work requirements -- Family caps -- Ideas for reform -- Critical thinking questions -- 8. Getting off welfare -- The women in the middle : why increasing human capital is not the only answer -- Education and employment training -- Work experience -- The importance of our social structure -- Not enough jobs -- Types of jobs available for women on welfare -- The value of health insurance -- Why some women on welfare are hesitant to take jobs -- Critical thinking questions -- 9. Conclusion : lessons learned and visions of change -- The gendered nature of welfare and welfare reform -- Has welfare reform been a success or a failure? -- The reasons for its failure -- Insights from other countries -- Critical thinking questions -- Appendix. Websites of interest
Control code
62282725
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780205487394
Lccn
2005057007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780205487394
Label
"So you think I drive a Cadillac?" : welfare recipients' perspectives on the system and its reform / Karen Seccombe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Introduction : putting a face on welfare -- Critical and feminist 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 -- Critical thinking questions -- 2. Historical and persisting dilemmas : how do we explain poverty, what should we do about it? -- History of cash assistance -- Recent attempts at welfare reform -- Explanations of poverty and welfare use -- Individualism -- Social structuralism -- Culture of poverty -- Fatalism -- Critical thinking questions -- 3. Stigma and discrimination -- Awareness of societal attitudes toward welfare recipients -- Racism and welfare -- Contexts where stigma and discrimination occur -- Managing stigma -- Denial -- Distancing themselves from other welfare recipients -- Blaming external forces : "it's not my fault" -- Extolling the importance of motherhood -- Critical thinking questions -- 4. Why welfare? -- The influence of social structure -- Employment -- The risk of losing health insurance -- Childcare -- Fathers' involvement -- Transportation -- Racism and sexism -- The welfare system breeds "dependence" on the system -- Fatalism -- Bad luck -- Poor health -- The termination of relationships -- Violence -- Why the inconsistency between explanations of their own and others' use of welfare? -- Critical thinking questions
  • 5. Day-to-day living and decision making -- Daily 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 -- Critical thinking questions -- 6. Living and surviving welfare : the importance of family, friends, and formal support -- Informal support : help from families, friends and neighbors, and children's fathers -- Assistance from families -- Assistance from friends and neighbors -- Assistance from children's fathers -- Formal support : help from charities and social services -- Working side jobs : is this fraud? -- Critical thinking questions -- 7. Insiders' perspectives on the welfare system -- Florida WAGES : a case example -- The role of government -- Opinions of the welfare system -- Strengths of the welfare system -- Weaknesses of the system -- Welfare reforms -- Time limits -- Work requirements -- Family caps -- Ideas for reform -- Critical thinking questions -- 8. Getting off welfare -- The women in the middle : why increasing human capital is not the only answer -- Education and employment training -- Work experience -- The importance of our social structure -- Not enough jobs -- Types of jobs available for women on welfare -- The value of health insurance -- Why some women on welfare are hesitant to take jobs -- Critical thinking questions -- 9. Conclusion : lessons learned and visions of change -- The gendered nature of welfare and welfare reform -- Has welfare reform been a success or a failure? -- The reasons for its failure -- Insights from other countries -- Critical thinking questions -- Appendix. Websites of interest
Control code
62282725
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780205487394
Lccn
2005057007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780205487394

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