Disdained Mothers & Despised Others: The Politics & Impact of Welfare Reform, Vol. 25:1, 1998



The articles in this special issue provide a general critical analysis of the political, social, and labor market effects of “welfare reform.” In particular, a useful essay on the impact of welfare policies on Asian immigrants fills a big void; another addresses the high incidence of domestic violence in the lives of welfare recipients; and an important piece on the welfare discourse calls for a reconceptualized vision of dependency and care giving.

All the authors are women, sensitive to the fact that 95% of adult welfare recipients are women, and advance a hard-hitting critique of the roles played by so-called congressional feminists and mainstream feminists  who gave cover to conservatives eager to require wage-work (or workfare) of single mothers, even as they championed the traditional family.

Purchase articles (click on the author link to read the abstract and buy the pdf):

Gwendolyn Mink, Introduction [Free Download]

Rickie SolingerDependency and Choice: The Two Faces of Eve

Eileen BorisWhen Work Is Slavery

Nancy NaplesFrom Maximum Feasible Participation to Disenfranchisement

Frances Fox PivenWelfare and Work

Lynn H. FujiwaraThe Impact of Welfare Reform on Asian Immigrant Communities

Demie KurzWomen, Welfare, and Domestic Violence

Eva Feder KittayWelfare, Dependency, and a Public Ethic of Care

Gwendolyn MinkFeminists, Welfare Reform, and Welfare Justice