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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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“I Trust My Mother and No One Else”

“I Trust My Mother and No One Else”

Trust and Distrust in Social Networks

(p.179) Six “I Trust My Mother and No One Else”
Ain't No Trust

Judith A. Levine

University of California Press

This chapter addresses women's relationships with members of their kinship and friendship networks. This was the arena in which women trusted people the most. Many women considered family members and friends priceless allies. Still distrust was present. Some friends and family members used drugs and alcohol to excess, others promised to take care of children but went out to party instead, while others constantly asked for money or food or, worse yet, took it without asking. Women who felt they could not trust network members went to great lengths to keep such people out of their lives and away from their children. Untrustworthy network members not only represented a lost source of potential support but could drain households of resources, time, and peacefulness. The chapter also explores whether the kinds of resources that kinship and friendship networks provide women have changed since welfare reform.

Keywords:   kinships, friendship networks, family members, relationships, household resources, support networks

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