This introductory chapter describes the thematic framework of this study, arguing that continuity rather than change forms the experiences of low-income women in the post-reform era. Drawing on anecdotes of these womens' experiences from the periods before and after the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), or welfare reform, was implemented in 1997, this chapter illustrates how the experiences of women navigating the worlds of welfare and low-wage work since reform differed from those of the women studied prior to reform. Though the chapter outlines some marked differences between the pre- and post-reform era, it indicates several expecations between the two time periods which had not been met—particularly in how the women interviewed in the mid-2000s described the same problems and the same distrust in much the same ways as women interviewed in the mid-1990s.
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