So You Think I Drive a Cadillac? Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and Its Reform

ISBN-10: 0205283128

ISBN-13: 9780205283125

Edition: 1999

Authors: Karen Seccombe

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"Underneath the political rhetoric and welfare statistics are real live human beings who are trying to make sense out of their lives." These are the words of author Karen Seccombe, as she attempts to elucidate the experiences of welfare recipients and the hardships that continue to plague them with the institution of the new welfare reforms. Provides readers with stories from welfare recipients' themselves: how they got onto welfare, what the reality of welfare (and welfare reform) is for them, and what their plans, hopes, and dreams are for the future. Welfare recipients who were interviewed by the author shared their perspectives on work requirements, family caps, time limits, and other features of TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) -- the new welfare reform program. Their voices provide a crucial counterpoint to the politicians and policy "experts" who have shaped the policy reform initiative. These qualitative interviews are supplemented with up-to-date statewide and national data on welfare reform and its consequences. Social workers, social policy specialists, welfare workers, politicians, and educators and researchers in the field of social policy and welfare reform.A Longwood Professional Book.
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List price: $50.80
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in health and social welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to health care, And The effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of Marriage and Family: You and Society (Pearson); "So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?": Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and its Reform, 3rd edition (Allyn and Bacon); Families in Poverty (Allyn and Bacon); Just Don't Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), and Marriages and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca L. Warner (Wadsworth). She is a National Council on Family Relations fellow, and a member of the American Sociological Association, And The Pacific Sociological Association, where she has held elective offices. Karen lives in Portland with her husband Richard, a health economist, her ten-year-old daughter, Natalie Rose, and her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia Lin. in her spare time she enjoys hiking near their cabin in the Oregon Cascades, walking the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, exploring the kid-friendly playgrounds, attractions, and restaurants in Portland and surrounding areas, and traveling just about anywherendash;the San Juan Islands are high on her list.

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
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
Stigma and Discrimination
Awareness of Societal Attitudes Toward Welfare Recipients
Managing Stigma
Why Welfare? The Influence of Social Structure
Why the Inconsistency between Explanations of Their Own and Others' Use of Welfare
Day to Day Living and Decision Making
Daily Activities: Wild Living or Depressing Routine? Making Ends Meet with ldquo;The Check.rdquo; Living and Surviving on Food Stamps
Juggling Bills
Coping with the Stress
Affording Life's Luxuries
Supplementing Welfare
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?
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
Getting Off of Welfare
The Women in the Middle: Why Increasing Human Capital Is Not the Only Answer
The Importance of Our Social Structure
Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Visions of Change
The Gendered Nature of Welfare and Welfare Reform
Has Welfare Reform Been a Success or Failure
Insights from Other Countries
Websites of Interest
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