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Ain't No Trust"How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters"$
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Judith Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274716

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274716.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Ain't No Trust
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Judith A. Levine

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274716.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   low-income women, PRWORA, welfare reform, pre-reform era, post-reform era, distrust

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