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Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality

Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521690454

Cover of Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality 06 (ISBN 978-0521690454)
ISBN13: 978-0521690454
ISBN10: 0521690455
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
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Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521690454

Joel F. Handler and Yeheskel Hasenfeld

ISBN13: 978-0521690454
ISBN10: 0521690455
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

With the passage of the 1996 welfare reform, not only welfare, but poverty and inequality have disappeared from the political discourse. The decline in the welfare rolls has been hailed as a success. This book challenges that assumption. It argues that while many single mothers left welfare, they have joined the working poor, and fail to make a decent living. The book examines the persistent demonization of poor single-mother families; the impact of the low-wage market on perpetuating poverty and inequality; and the role of the welfare bureaucracy in defining deserving and undeserving poor. It argues that the emphasis on family values - marriage promotion, sex education and abstinence - is misguided and diverts attention from the economic hardships low-income families face. The book proposes an alternative approach to reducing poverty and inequality that centers on a children's allowance as basic income support coupled with jobs and universal child care.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The state of poverty: TANF recipients
3. The response to poverty and inequality: the welfare state
4. Demonizing the single-mother family: the path to welfare reform
5. The welfare bureaucracy
6. Work and the low-wage labor market: mothers and children
7. Welfare reform and moral entrepreneurship: promoting marriage and responsible parenthood, and preventing teenage pregnancy 8. Addressing poverty and inequality

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