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

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ISBN-10: 0205792162

ISBN-13: 9780205792160

Edition: 3rd 2011

Authors: Karen Seccombe

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List price: $95.80
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Karen Seccombe, M.S.W, Ph.D .is a Professor of Community Health at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.nbsp; She received her Masterrsquo;s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington focusing on health and social welfare policy.nbsp; She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, where she continued to develop her public policy interests in inequality, families, and health.nbsp; She is the author ofFamilies and their Social Worlds(Pearson Allyn & Bacon),Families in Poverty(Pearson Allyn & Bacon), nbsp;Just Donrsquo;t Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), andMarriage and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca Warner (Wadsworth).nbsp; She is a Fellow in the National Council on Family Relations, and a member of the American Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.nbsp;nbsp; Her current research explores the health care needs of families after they leave welfare. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband Richard and her young daughters, Natalie Rose and Olivia Lin, where they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and sampling all the kid-friendly local attractions.nbsp;

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Historical and Persisting Dilemmas: How Do We Explain Poverty, What Should We Do about It?
History of Cash Assistance
Welfare Reform: "Ending Welfare As We Know It"
Explanations of Poverty and Welfare Use
Individualism
Social Structuralism
Culture of Poverty
Fatalism
Critical Thinking Questions
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
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 Ending of Relationships
Violence
Why the Inconsistency Between Explanations of Their Own and Others' Use of Welfare?
Critical Thinking Questions
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
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
Insider's 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 Welfare System
Welfare Reforms
Time Limits
Work Requirements
Family Caps
Ideas for Reform
Improving the Welfare System
Improving the Structure of Low-Tier Work
Critical Thinking Questions
Getting Off Welfare
The Women in the Middle: Increasing Human Capital Is Only One 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
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
References
Index