Synopses & Reviews
In Keeping Women and Children Last, Ruth Sidel shows how America, in its search for a post-Cold War enemy, has turned inward to target single mothers on welfare, and how politicians have scapegoated and stigmatized female-headed families both as a method of social control and to divert attention from the severe problems that Americans face. She reveals the real victims of poverty--the millions of children who suffer from societal neglect, inferior education, inadequate health care, hunger, and homelessness. In this new edition, focusing on the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Sidel reevaluates our social policy, assessing the impact of the "end of welfare as we know it" on America's poor, especially its women and children.
A renowned sociologist revists the explosive issue of women, children, and poverty in this hard-hitting sequel to her searing expose. Sidel explores the condition of America's poor women today, with particular focus on the federal government's attempts to dismantle the welfare system, delivering a chilling indictment of the current trends and political maneuvering that threaten to keep America's poor women and children last.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -255) and index.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Enemy Within
Chapter 2: The Assault on the Female-Headed Family
Chapter 3: Who Are the Poor?
Chapter 4: Targeting Welfare Recipients
Chapter 5: Teenage Mothers: Casualties of a Limited Future
Chapter 6: Poor Children: The Walking Wounded
Chapter 7: A Return to Caring
Epilogue: Abandoning the Poor