By Barbara A. Arrighi
Rejecting those that urge a bootstrap method of humans dwelling in severe poverty at the fringe of society, sociologist Barbara Arrighi makes an eloquent, compassionate plea for empathy and collective accountability towards these for whom both the boots or the straps are lacking. This publication extra bargains options in awareness elevating, neighborhood collaboration, and proficient, accountable public coverage. The publication is a critique of a approach that purports to serve but occasionally impedes the welfare of these who're wanting the elemental components for survival, together with cheap preserve. It analyzes the structural components of poverty and the social mental expenses of being bad and missing a house. using interview findings from households who've lived in a guard in northern Kentucky and from employees individuals, the publication examines the degrading results of protect lifestyles on women's self-respect and kid's improvement. instead of an exam of person pathologies resulting in loss of look after, it facilities on ladies and kids dwelling in shelters and provides a sociological learn of poverty and the kinfolk.
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Extra info for America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles
Myth: Women Have Children to Obtain More Welfare Assistance Perhaps the most widespread myth of the late twentieth century is that women receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children produce many children to collect large government checks. Although statistics do not support such a characterization of women who are poor, the myth persists. In fact, the number of children born to women who receive AFDC reflects national trends. Among families below the poverty line who receive assistance, 42 percent have only one child; another 30 percent have two children.
Although it costs less to stabilize a family's living arrangements while they are in their home than when they are without a home, many, if not most, agency rent-assistance programs require an eviction notice preceding monetary help. Former shelter guests expressed frustration about not being granted housing assistance until they were evicted, in a shelter, and able to enlist the support of the Hope House staff. The women insisted that they were not ignorant or naive about the process of helping themselves, as the literature suggests.
If, on the other hand, they join the paid labor force (as working-class and middle-class women have), women are labeled as uncommitted to family values. 6 Finding a partner who can be the sole support of a family is becoming more difficult as the good-provider role becomes more elusive for men as discussed later in the chapter. For now, the reader's attention is turned to the mythological treatment of poverty. MYTHS ABOUT THE POOR PERSIST Myths that develop about those who are living in poverty are related to what Berger and Luckmann refer to as a second ideology.
America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles by Barbara A. Arrighi