Not-so Rugged Individualists: U.S. Americans’ Conflicting Ideas about Poverty

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Book Chapter


Anthropology (Pitzer)

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Public welfare, Poverty, Legislation, Ideology


This chapter is part of a book that sheds much-needed light on the ideology and impacts of recent welfare reform legislation. Noted scholars, advocates, and policy makers explore the issues currently facing legislators, including welfare-to-work policies, daycare, and job training. From politics and social control to families and childcare, this volume is comprehensive in scope and offers concrete suggestions for authentic welfare reform.


Please note that this work is a chapter in Work, Welfare, and Politics: Confronting Poverty in the Wake of Welfare Reform, edited by Frances Fox Piven, Joan Acker, Margaret Hallock, and Sandra Morgen. ISBN: 9780871143013

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© 2005 Oregon State University Press