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Ain't No Trust How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters

ISBN-10: 0520274725

ISBN-13: 9780520274723

Edition: 2013

Authors: Judith Levine

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Ain't No Trust explores issues of trust and distrust among low-income women in the U.S.--at work, around childcare, in their relationships, and with caseworkers--and presents richly detailed evidence from in-depth interviews about our welfare system and why it's failing the very people it is designed to help.By comparing low-income mothers' experiences before and after welfare reform, Judith L. Levine probes women's struggles to gain or keep jobs while they simultaneously care for their children, often as single mothers. By offering a new way to understand how structural factors impact the daily experiences of poor women, Ain't No Trust highlights the pervasiveness of distrust in their lives, uncovering its hidden sources and documenting its most corrosive and paralyzing effects. Levine's critique and conclusions hold powerful implications for scholars and policymakers alike.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 319
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Welfare Reform and the Enduring Structural Roots of Distrust
"The Way They Treat You Is Inhumane": Caseworkers and the Welfare Office
"I Couldn't Put Up with It No More": Perceived Mistreatment and Distrust at Work
"I Don't Trust People to Watch My Kids": Mothers' Distrust in Child Care Providers
"You Can't Put Your Trust in Men": Gender Distrust and Marriage
"I Trust My Mother and No One Else": Trust and Distrust in Social Networks
Conclusion
Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
Bibliography
Index