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Much of this book's stimulating content which critiques the impact of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) appeared originally in September 2001 as a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Albelda (economics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston; Economics and Feminism) and Withorn (social policy, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) characterize the bias of the 14 contributors (e.g., Lucy White, Joe Soss) as "feminist, antiracist, and progressive." These contributors consider the attitudes toward gender and race of those who crafted and support the act, claiming that its welfare-to-work stipulations are designed not so much to alleviate poverty as to get recipients off "the dole." Throughout these reasoned essays, a recurring theme is that the PRWORA overlooks, if not actively discourages, the prerequisites for self-sufficiency, i.e., a living wage, affordable child care and shelter, education and vocational training, healthcare support, and community- and individually-based power. The act's single-minded goal appears to be discontinuing welfare help "as we know it." This thoughtful and socially relevant work is highly recommended for academic, public, and professional libraries. (Index not seen.) Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred
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Randy Albelda and Ann Withorn have published widely on the politics of women's poverty. Most recently, Albelda is the co-author of Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty and Withorn is the co-editor of For Crying Out Loud: Women's Poverty in the United States. The editors teach at University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896086585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Collaboratively compiled and edited by Randy Albelda (Economics, University of Massachusetts) and Ann Withorn (Social Policy, University of Massachusetts), Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty, And Beyond is a scholarly selection of impressive essays by a variety of learned authors on topics relating to American welfare policy. From the effects of globalization on the current system, to fallacies of welfare-to-work policies, to issues of the rights of women and people of color, Lost Ground covers a very wide area of controversial issues often conveniently ignored by today's too-eager politics. Lost Ground is a welcome and strongly recommended addition to academic reference collections and reading lists in the area of American social policy in general, and welfare reform in particular.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2002
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The downside of welfare reforn is well documented in this new anthology. Moreover, welfare issues are analyzed in the context of broad political shifts, including globalization, the end of the family wage, the sexual revolution, and rise of black liberation, feminism, and multiculturalism.
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Compilation of many writers' summations of America's welfare policies and attitudes over the years, and how the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 adversely affected the poorest in our country. Very informative, but bogs down in the middle as several narratives are rather redundant. Be sure to read the last chapter!
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By Jorly T Jonney on December 10, 2014
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Good Work. Thank you.
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