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Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty, and Beyond [Paperback]

By Randy Albelda (Editor) & Ann Withorn (Editor)
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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2002
Publisher   South End Press
ISBN  0896086585  
EAN  9780896086586  

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In the mid-1980s, the popularity of Charles Murray's anti-welfare treatise "Losing Ground" signaled the rising influence of the right-wing critique of welfare. In "Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty and Beyond," a respected array of social scientists buck the conservative trend established by Murray and his cohorts, exposing welfare reform as a sham and positing new strategies to end poverty.

Since the mid-1990s, when Bill Clinton betrayed his supporters on the left by signing welfare reform legislation, the United States has drastically restructured its national policies regarding basic state supports for the poor. Welfare reform legislation is up for reauthorization on the federal level and in 32 states in 2002, but evidence suggesting that welfare reform has created more problems than it has solved is starting to mount. For example, studies marking the 5-year anniversary of welfare reform show that children forced off AFDC (Aid for Dependents and Children) are significantly less successful in school and more inclined toward violent and criminal behavior, even when their mothers have found employment.

The downside of welfare reform is documented in "Lost Ground." And this anthology analyses welfare issues in the context of broad political shifts, including globalization, the end of the family wage, the sexual revolution, and the rise of black liberation, feminism, and multiculturalism. Contributors include Mimi Abramovitz, Willie Baptist, Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Linda Burnham, Linda Gordon, James Jennings, Gwendolyn Mink, Frances Fox Piven, Sanford Schram, Joe Soss and Lucie White.

Randy Albelda and Ann Withorn are professors at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. They have written several books and articles including "Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty" by Randy Albelda and Chris Tilly; and "For Crying Out Loud: Women's Poverty in the United States," edited by Ann Withorn and Diane Dujon.

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Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty, and Beyond  Jan 10, 2007
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!
A very wide area of controversial issues  Oct 8, 2002
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.
Another great book from AK Press  Aug 17, 2002
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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