Pimping the Welfare System

Pimping the Welfare System : Empowering Participants with Economic, Social, and Cultural Capital

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Pimping the System is an ethnographic study of two welfare offices that empowered welfare-reliant women by providing dominant economic, social, and cultural capital in ways that acknowledged and respected the types of capital participants already possessed. It highlights ways that policy makers and front-line workers can best assist welfare participants, and shows the potential for welfare programs to be sites of individual and community empowerment.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168827
  • 9780739168820

About Kerry C. Woodward

Kerry C. Woodward is assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: An Empowering Approach to Welfare Programs Chapter 1: Beyond "Work First": Repressive vs. Empowering Welfare Programs Chapter 2: Encouraging Work, Discouraging the Hustle: Economic Capital Chapter 3: Bridging and Bonding: Social Capital Chapter 4: Pedagogy Matters: Cultural Capital Chapter 5: Education vs. Therapy: Comparing Lewiston and Strafford Conclusion: Making the Best of a Bad Policy Notes References Indexshow more