Not Working: Latina Immigrants, Low-Wage Jobs, and the Failure of Welfare Reform

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April 2006



Not Working chronicles the devastating effects of the 1996 welfare reform legislation that ended welfare as we know it. Through vivid story-telling and pointed analysis, the book profiles the day-to-day struggles of Mexican immigrant women in the Los Angeles area, showing the increased vulnerability they face in the welfare office and labor market. The new "work first" policies now enacted impose time limits and mandate work requirements for those receiving public assistance, yet fail to offer real job training or needed childcare options, ultimately causing many families to fall deeper below the poverty line. Not Working shows that the new "welfare-to-work" regime has produced tremendous instability and insecurity for these women and their children. Moreover, the authors argue that the new politics of welfare enable greater infringements of rights and liberty for many of America's most vulnerable and constitute a crucial component of the broader assault on American citizenship. In short, the new welfare is not working.


Alejandra Marchevsky is associate professor of liberal studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Jeanne Theoharis is associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY and is most recently co-editor of Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements (NYU Press, 2004).


"Not Working is an instant classic and it will remain the definitive book on immigrant women and welfare reform for some time." - Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence "A smart, engaging, and groundbreaking study that exposes the racist underpinnings of welfare reform. A model of stellar scholarship and a must read for anyone seeking to understand poverty in relation to the meaning of American citizenship today." - Arlene Davila, author of Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City"
EAN: 9780814757093
ISBN: 081475709X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2006
Seitenanzahl: 308 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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