'Wisconsin Works'?: Race, Gender and Accountability in the Workfare Era
This Author offers an evaluative analysis of the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program as the model initiative within national welfare reform strategies. The purpose of W-2 was to present welfare mothers with alternatives to dependency. The mothers of this study offer insights from their perspectives and experiences that take this claim, by W-2, to task.
The following issues are explored: How do these mothers evaluate the transition from welfare to the W-2 Program? What does the central goal of self-sufficiency mean to them? What does welfare reform in general mean? And, finally, is anyone listening?
The Author questions what happens when the actual voices of black mothers living through the transition from welfare to work in the model state of Wisconsin are placed at the center of analysis and interrogate how these experiences might challenge a statistical assessment of Wisconsin's reported success.
Proquest, Umi Dissertation Publishing
Wisconsin Works, welfare reform, Black, African Americans, mother, public policy, social welfare, gender, race
Law and Race | Law and Society
BRIDGETTE BALDWIN,'WISCONSIN WORKS'?: RACE, GENDER AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE WORKFARE ERA (Proquest, UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2011).