Trapped in America s Safety Net

Trapped in America s Safety Net

When Andrea Louise Campbell’s sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was run off the freeway by a hit-and-run driver, she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant.

Author: Andrea Louise Campbell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226140582

Category: Political Science

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When Andrea Louise Campbell’s sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was run off the freeway by a hit-and-run driver, she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. She survived—and, miraculously, the baby was born healthy. But that’s where the good news ends. Marcella was left paralyzed from the chest down. This accident was much more than just a physical and emotional tragedy. Like so many Americans—50 million, or one-sixth of the country’s population—neither Marcella nor her husband, Dave, who works for a small business, had health insurance. On the day of the accident, she was on her way to class for the nursing program through which she hoped to secure one of the few remaining jobs in the area with the promise of employer-provided insurance. Instead, the accident plunged the young family into the tangled web of means-tested social assistance. As a social policy scholar, Campbell thought she knew a lot about means-tested assistance programs. What she quickly learned was that missing from most government manuals and scholarly analyses was an understanding of how these programs actually affect the lives of the people who depend on them. Using Marcella and Dave’s situation as a case in point, she reveals their many shortcomings in Trapped in America’s Safety Net. Because American safety net programs are designed for the poor, Marcella and Dave first had to spend down their assets and drop their income to near-poverty level before qualifying for help. What’s more, to remain eligible, they will have to stay under these strictures for the rest of their lives, meaning they are barred from doing many of the things middle-class families are encouraged to do: Save for retirement. Develop an emergency fund. Take advantage of tax-free college savings. And, while Marcella and Dave’s story is tragic, the financial precariousness they endured even before the accident is all too common in America, where the prevalence of low-income work and unequal access to education have generated vast—and growing—economic inequality. The implementation of Obamacare has cut the number of uninsured and underinsured and reduced some of the disparities in coverage, but it continues to leave too many people open to tremendous risk. Behind the statistics and beyond the ideological battles are human beings whose lives are stunted by policies that purport to help them. In showing how and why this happens, Trapped in America’s Safety Net offers a way to change it.
Categories: Political Science

Family Story as Political Science Reflections on Writing Trapped in America s Safety Net

Family Story as Political Science  Reflections on Writing Trapped in America s Safety Net

In this Reflections essay, I consider these challenges in light of what other social scientists have said about the issues of close work with individual, sometimes vulnerable, research subjects.

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ISBN: OCLC:1052003173

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Abstract : Intimate ethnography presents a number of challenges: How could I write about my own family in a way that was true to their experience but also an "objective" report? How could I convey telling details without robbing my family of their privacy? How could I rein in my emotions to report their story, and did I pick and choose facts to protect them or to make them more sympathetic? How could I generalize from their experience to that of millions of social assistance recipients? In this Reflections essay, I consider these challenges in light of what other social scientists have said about the issues of close work with individual, sometimes vulnerable, research subjects.
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Gendered Citizenship

Gendered Citizenship

2014. Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press. Campbell, Andrea Louise. 2015. “Family Story as
Political Science: Reflections on Writing Trapped in America's Safety Net.”
Perspectives on ...

Author: Natasha Behl

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190949440

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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It has been shown time and again that even though all citizens may be accorded equal standing in the constitution of a liberal democracy, such a legal provision hardly guarantees state protections against discrimination and political exclusion. More specifically, why do we find pervasive gender-based discrimination, exclusion, and violence in India when the Indian Constitution supports an inclusive democracy committed to gender and caste equality? In Gendered Citizenship, Natasha Behl offers an examination of Indian citizenship that weaves together an analysis of sexual violence law with an in-depth ethnography of the Sikh community to explore the contradictory nature of Indian democracy--which gravely affects its institutions and puts its citizens at risk. Through a situated analysis of citizenship, Behl upends longstanding academic assumptions about democracy, citizenship, religion, and gender. This analysis reveals that religious spaces and practices can be sites for renegotiating democratic participation, but also uncovers how some women engage in religious community in unexpected ways to link gender equality and religious freedom as shared goals. Gendered Citizenship is a groundbreaking inquiry that explains why the promise of democratic equality remains unrealized, and identifies potential spaces and practices that can create more egalitarian relations.
Categories: Social Science

Digesting the Public Sphere

Digesting the Public Sphere

Sarah Marusek. Campbell, A. (2014). Trapped in America's safety net: One
family's struggle. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Campbell, A. (2015).
Family story as political science: Reflections on writing trapped in America's
safety net.

Author: Sarah Marusek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351264501

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

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In the routine spectrum of our lives, we inhabit the public sphere. Whether in the street, the shopping center, or on the bus, we engage with the empowered, the disempowered, the omitted, and the powerful. Within the public sphere, the notion of public involves a complexity of approaches to aspects of everyday practices of power, performance, and place. Through these approaches, that which is public can be visualized, experienced, and contested in the construction, ceremony, and design of buildings, institutions, and daily activities. In a variety of ways, the conceptualization and contextualization of the public contributes to identity formations, narratives of community, and manifestations of the political that materially and discursively transpire within the public sphere in the perceptions of inequality, metaphors for knowledge, and critiques of consciousness. For this volume focused on interpretive methods and methodologies that address the concept of public, we present a lively engagement with methodological insight into the political digestion of the public sphere. We delve into models of and approaches to conducting research, the analysis of findings, and the reaffirmation of enhanced techniques of related inquiry in public spaces. We seek to explore the following questions: What is the public? How do we visualize/understand/experience the public? What are the ways in which these insights connect to articulations of citizenship and democracy? How is the public implicated in the political? The chapters originally published as a special issue in Space and Polity.
Categories: Political Science

We the People

We the People

With fresh insight from new co-author Andrea Campbell, We the People, Twelfth Edition, once again sets the standard for showing students how government impacts their lives and why it matters who participates.

Author: Benjamin Ginsberg

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 0393679578

Category: Political Science

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With fresh insight from new co-author Andrea Campbell, We the People, Twelfth Edition, once again sets the standard for showing students how government impacts their lives and why it matters who participates. Campbell relates true, personal stories of how government affects ordinary citizens. This focus is reinforced by the book's signature "Who Are Americans?" and "Who Participates?" features which motivate critical thinking about how Americans experience and shape politics. Learning goals ensure that students maintain consistent focus on core concepts in the text, in its companion InQuizitive learning tool, and in supporting critical-thinking exercises.
Categories: Political Science

America s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb

America s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb

We can avoid the coming bankruptcy of America, and the loss of our American
heritage of world-leading prosperity. ... we need is a rising tide that lifts all boats,
in Kennedy's phraseology, along with a comprehensive safety net to catch any
that may fall under it. ... Too many of America's intellectuals, journalists, and
political activists remain trapped in the web of that outdated ideological
romanticism.

Author: Peter Ferrara

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062092199

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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In America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, conservative policy expert Peter Ferrara explores the issue that will be THE hot-button topic from now until the 2012 presidential election: the looming bankruptcy of the federal government of the United States of America. Providing indisputable evidence that the American welfare state, aggressively expanded by Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress, is on the verge of rapid and total collapse, Ferrara offers concrete proposals for reforming entitlement programs along free market lines that will shift responsibility from centralized bureaucracies to individual Americans. For every concerned citizen, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb is a must-read—a blueprint for avoiding the impending catastrophe before it’s too late.
Categories: Political Science

Infancy in America A I

Infancy in America  A I

A washable safety net stretched over the top of the bed to make sure that the
baby couldn't fall from this high perch! ... Since babies have become trapped
when the drop side of a folding playpen is down, it is important to make sure that
the ...

Author: Alice S. Honig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576072202

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 768

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The latest findings on the mental, emotional, and physical life of the human infant, presented in nontechnical language and user-friendly A–Z format. * More than 500 entries, ranging from down-to-earth child-rearing advice to summaries of the latest research in medicine and developmental psychology * Contributions by 31 experts from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, education, psychology, and sociology
Categories: Family & Relationships

Beyond the Safety Net

Beyond the Safety Net

Reviving the Promise of Opportunity in America Sar A. Levitan, Clifford M.
Johnson ... The existence of primary and secondary markets side by side leaves
unskilled workers trapped in dead - end jobs in which their ... Patterns of labor
market segmentation are strengthened and influenced by 44 Beyond the Safety
Net.

Author: Sar A. Levitan

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Ballinger Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015016226519

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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Argues that our welfare system is working, suggests new programs be added to spur employment opportunities, and examines conservative complaints about the system
Categories: Social Science

Savage State

Savage State

... the age of limited class mobility and the " Wal - Martization " of America , the
lifetime " safety net " for welfare assistance ... of the haves and the have - nots in
which poor people remain trapped in poverty jobs , no matter how hard they work
.

Author: Edward J. Martin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742524647

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 is used as a point of departure for a critique of contemporary welfare policy and the capitalist state. Martin and Torres set out to renew a critical Marxist method by extending it to an analysis of contemporary social policy. It is in this approach that they set out to argue that a critique of welfare policy within the context of capitalism is more timely and important than ever before.
Categories: Social Science

The Hidden Cost of Being African American

The Hidden Cost of Being African American

Shapiro, the author of "Black Wealth/White Wealth, " blends personal stories, interviews, empirical data, and analysis to illuminate how family assets produce dramatic consequences in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.

Author: Thomas M. Shapiro

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019515147X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 238

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Shapiro, the author of "Black Wealth/White Wealth, " blends personal stories, interviews, empirical data, and analysis to illuminate how family assets produce dramatic consequences in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.
Categories: Business & Economics

Working Under the Safety Net

Working Under the Safety Net

But they , and the human - service workers who work with them , are joined
together by a further dynamic common to late twentieth - century America : a
welfare state whose rate of ... Working Under The Safety Net : Policy and Practice
with the New American Poor examines these issues . ... For others , working or
trapped inside it , the net looks down at them like a web , ensnaring them in
bureaucratic red ...

Author: Steve Burghardt

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015015286126

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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Working Under the Safety Net focuses on groups most affected by changes in welfare state policy over the last decade -- the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, Black single mothers, the physically disabled and the new unemployed. The authors analyse the policy debate surrounding the needs of each group, synthesize the policy debate and distil the practical and organizational lessons into a new and exciting framework.
Categories: Social Science

Public Policy in America

Public Policy in America

Energy Policy and Public Administration . Lexington , MA : Heath , 1980 . La
Jeunesse , William . “ Welfare Moms Trapped in State ' Safety Net ' , " The Arizona
Republic , April 28 , 1985 . Landau , Martin , and Russell Stout . “ To Manage Is
Not ...

Author: Dennis J. Palumbo

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015062457810

Category: Political Science

Page: 430

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Ideal as a primary text for courses in Public Policy or as a supplementary text for courses in American Government. This text offers an innovative two-part organization. Part I details each aspect of the policy cycle, while Part II applies the policy cycle to such issues as health, welfare, crime, education, energy, and the environment.
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What Women Want

What Women Want

America has the developed world's highest rate of adolescent pregnancy, and
the reasons have much to do with ... suffer from shortages in food and housing,
and the inadequate safety net keeps many women trapped in violent
relationships.

Author: Deborah L. Rhode

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199348299

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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What Women Want is a trenchant examination of the struggle for women's equality, and a prescription for what to focus on next in order to ensure maximum success. Feminism today is a movement that lacks leadership, unity, and definition, and it has gotten stuck in a boom and bust cycle when it comes to public opinion and action. Despite significant progress over the last fifty years, equality is still a distant goal in the political, social, and economic spheres. Only by identifying the barriers (both internal and external) that remain, Deborah Rhode argues, can we begin to identify solutions. A rigorously researched and well-written answer to the glut of gender-related books that have come onto the market recently, What Women Want comprehensively analyzes the challenges the feminist movement faces today. Combining sharp academic analysis and interviews with notable figures such as Sheryl Sandberg, Rhode focuses on five main topics: employment issues such as pay discrimination, work-life balance and the government's pitiful response, the assault on women's reproductive rights and the limits it places on their economic mobility, sexual harassment and violence, and the detrimental effect that the unfashionable label "feminist" can have, especially in attracting young women to the movement. Despite these formidable obstacles, the goals and principles of feminism are widely accepted by the American mainstream, and Rhode, herself a pathbreaker in the fields of law and education, offers effective strategies for redefining and advancing the feminist agenda, thereby creating a movement that truly recognizes, and is responsive to, what all women want.
Categories: Political Science

Democracy Markets and Structural Reform in Latin America

Democracy  Markets  and Structural Reform in Latin America

The programs offered through the safety net are woefully inadequate compared
to what would be required to raise investment to levels sufficient to break the
vicious cycle of poverty in which the poor are trapped . The Fondo de Solidaridad
e ...

Author: William C. Smith

Publisher: University of Miami North South Center Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016427150

Category: Political Science

Page: 331

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Categories: Political Science

Outdoor America

Outdoor America

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P01040106V

Category: Conservation of natural resources

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Categories: Conservation of natural resources

Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean

... many low - skill workers were trapped in unemployment or inactivity ( Scarpetta
and others 2000 ) . The higher incidence of informal activities , coupled with the
more limited coverage of safety nets in Latin America and the Caribbean than ...

Author: Carmen Pages

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: UCBK:C092731838

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 450

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Throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region, unemployment and job creation have become central issues in public debates and governement policy. This book provides a thorough examination of the labor market trends over the past decades and assesses the role that labor demand and labor supply factors have played in shaping these outcomes.
Categories: Business & Economics

Economic and Social Progress in Latin America

Economic and Social Progress in Latin America

This leads to the possibility of a volatility - inequali ty trap in which the region ' s
exposure to external shocks creates a ... rule of law and democratic rights , as
well as effective social safety nets , were less likely to suffer output collapses in
the ...

Author: Inter-American Development Bank

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822022953517

Category: Latin America

Page: 282

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Categories: Latin America

Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America

Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America

C. Stitch lines for net . difficulty and awkwardness of use , modification of
temperature and humidity within the trap , isolation of the ... For stretched around
the ring before the paper fasteners are safety , the sharp corners are rounded .
inserted .

Author: Entomological Society of America

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105008041175

Category: Entomology

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Categories: Entomology

The deindustrialization of America

The deindustrialization of America

This swap of fiscal responsibilities will undoubtedly intensify the war between the
states, forcing further cutbacks in the scope and size of the social safety net.
Corporate pressure on individual states to restrict public spending will be
enormous.

Author: Barry Bluestone

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105039267591

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 323

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Categories: Business & Economics