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"So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?" Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, 4th Edition

By Karen Seccombe

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 3, 2014

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Experience the truth about life on welfare and what it means to be pour

 

“So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?” Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, 4/e provides readers with first person accounts from welfare recipients and from those who recently left welfare for work.  Students will see that poverty is about more than just not having enough money. This title explains what it is like to live on welfare, the circumstances that brought individuals to welfare, and some of the struggles they face leaving the welfare system.

Table of Contents

In this Section:

I) Brief Table of Contents

II) Detailed Table of Contents

 


I) Brief Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1. Introduction: Putting a Face on Welfare   

Chapter 2. Historical and Persisting Dilemmas: How Do We Explain Poverty, What Should We Do about It?   

Chapter 3. Stigma and Discrimination   

Chapter 4. Why Welfare?   

Chapter 5. Day-to-Day Living and Decision Making   

Chapter 6. Living and Surviving Welfare: The Importance of Family, Friends, and Formal Support   

Chapter 7. Insiders’ Perspectives on the Welfare System   

Chapter 8. Getting Off Welfare   

Chapter 9. Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Visions of Change

 


II) Detailed Table of Contents  

 

Chapter 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   

 

Chapter 2. 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”   

 

Chapter 3. Stigma and Discrimination   

Awareness of Societal Attitudes toward Welfare Recipients   

Managing Stigma   

 

Chapter 4. Why Welfare?   

The Influence of Social Structure   

Fatalism   

Why the Inconsistency between Explanations of Their Own and Others’ Use of Welfare?   

 

Chapter 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   

 

Chapter 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   

Formal Support: Help from Charities and Social Services   

Working Side Jobs: Is This Fraud?   

 

Chapter 7. Insiders’ Perspectives on the Welfare System   

Florida WAGES: A Case Example   

The Role of Government   

Opinions of the Welfare System   

Welfare Reforms   

Ideas for Reform

 

Chapter 8. Getting Off Welfare   

The Women in the Middle: Increasing Human Capital Is Only One Answer   

The Importance of Our Social Structure   

 

Chapter 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?   

Insights from Other Countries        

 

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ISBN-10: 0-205-91728-3

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-91728-0

Format: Book

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