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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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Welfare Reform and the Enduring Structural Roots of Distrust

Welfare Reform and the Enduring Structural Roots of Distrust

(p.23) One Welfare Reform and the Enduring Structural Roots of Distrust
Ain't No Trust

Judith A. Levine

University of California Press

This chapter provides a more in-depth overview of how U.S. policy has addressed low-income mothers over time, what welfare reform actually did, and what we know about reform's effects. It then moves on to treat trust and distrust in more detail. The chapter contends that the creation of distrust is related to how the interactions between actors are structured in the specific setting, and none of the settings examined herein has changed dramatically since the implementation of welfare reform in the 1990s. Mothers struggling to raise children in poverty today are thus just as likely as similar mothers in an earlier time period to distrust and shy away from potential opportunities in almost every setting in which they find themselves.

Keywords:   U.S. policy, welfare reform, distrust, low-income mothers

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