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Shut Out: Low Income Mothers and Higher Education in Post-Welfare America
By Valerie Polakow (editor), Peggy Kahn (editor), Luisa Stormer Deprez (editor) and Sandra S. Butler (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher State Univ of New York Pr
Publication date July 1, 2004
Pages 252
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780791461266
ISBN-10 0791461262
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $31.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Documents the economic, educational, and existential struggles that single mothers in poverty confront in the current welfare climate.

Shut Out portrays in vivid detail the economic, educational, and existential struggles that single mothers confront as they fight back against a welfare-to-work regime that denies them access to higher education and obstructs their aspirations as autonomous women, determined to exit poverty and attain family self-sufficiency. The book is a unique blend of policy analysis and lived realities. The voices of student mothers fighting to stay in school, and organizing for a different future, are embedded in an analysis grounded in the educational experiences of women in poverty across the states. Harsh and punitive public policies that are designed to keep poor women trapped in low wage work are juxtaposed against the actions of those who, together with their allies, have resisted—inspired by a vision of a different world made possible by higher education.

Contributing authors discuss the provisions of the 1996 "welfare reform" (PRWORA) Act and the myriad of statewide responses to educational options within the framework of national legislation. In documenting the multiple obstacles and policy restrictions that low income women face, the book also highlights successful state programs, institutional practices, and community-based programs that afford low income women educational opportunities. The afterword summarizes recent legislative developments and makes policy and advocacy recommendations for the future.

“This is a must-read book for educators and activists interested in the topics of race, class, gender, and education, but also, I believe, for everyone who cares about American democracy and social justice … The book’s style will hold readers’ attention even if they don’t know much about American social policy and welfare laws.” — Alice E. Ginsberg, Feminist Teacher

“…Shut Out provides a rich array of scholarship on the subject … Written on the eve of the reauthorization of federal welfare reform, with even harsher work requirements, in the 108th Congress, Shut Out is a call for action.” — Feminist Collections

“As the tide of welfare ‘reform’ in the United States continues to push rightward and the Congress moves to press for even more work requirements and even less opportunities for postsecondary education, this book reminds us that there are much better ways to reduce poverty and provide real economic futures for poor mothers and their families.” — Feminist Economics

“Research that explores the perspective and daily lives of welfare recipients, particularly individuals participating in higher education or vocational training programs, has been limited. This book therefore offers an important contribution to the field.” — Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

“This well-organized reader by social work and education researchers on welfare recipients’ access to postsecondary education observes … that the 1996 welfare overhaul made it difficult for low-income women with children to pursue higher education.” — CHOICE

Contributors include Stefani A. Bjorklund, Sandra S. Butler, Deborah Clarke, Luisa Stormer Deprez, Donald E. Heller, Peggy Kahn, Erika Kates, Anita K. Mathur, Christiana Miewald, Lynn Peterson, Valerie Polakow, Lizzy Ratner, Judy Reichle, Frances J. Riemer, Aiko Schaefer, Sally Sharp, Rebekah J. Smith, Julie Strawn, Julie L. Watts, and Chuck Wiseley

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9780791461259 | details & prices | 252 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $75.50
About: Documents the economic, educational, and existential struggles that single mothers in poverty confront in the current welfare climate.
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9780791461266 | details & prices | 252 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $31.95
About: Documents the economic, educational, and existential struggles that single mothers in poverty confront in the current welfare climate.

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