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Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Offers essays written by women who changed their lives through the pathway of higher education. This volume presents a testimony of the importance of higher learning, as well as a critique of the programs designed to alleviate poverty and educational disparity.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgments Introduction: Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America -- Vivyan C. Adair and Sandra L. Dahlberg Speech Pathology: The Deflowering of an Accent -- Laura Sullivan-Hackley Part I: Educators Remember 1. Disciplined and Punished Poor Women, Bodily Inscription, and Resistance through Education -- Vivyan C. Adair 2. Academic Constructions of "White Trash," or How to Insult Poor People without Really Trying -- Nell Sullivan 3. Survival in a Not So Brave New World -- Sandra L. Dahlberg 4. To Be Young, Pregnant, and Black: My Life as a Welfare Coed -- Joycelyn K. Moody 5. If You Want Me to Pull Myself Up, Give Me Bootstraps -- Lisa K. Waldner Part II: On The Front Lines 6. If I Survive, It Will Be Despite Welfare Reform: Reflections of a Former Welfare Student -- Tonya Mitchell 7. Not By Myself Alone: Upward Bound with Family and Friends -- Deborah Megivern 8. Choosing the Lesser Evil: The Violence of the Welfare Stereotype -- Andrea S. Harris 9. From Welfare to Academe: Welfare Reform as College-Educated Welfare Mothers Know It -- Sandy Smith Madsen 10. Seven Years in Exile -- Leticia Almanza Part III: Policy, Research, And Poor Women 11. Families First-but Not in Higher Education: Poor, Independent Students and the Impact of Financial Aid -- Sandra L. Dahlberg 12. The Leper Keepers: Front-Line Workers and the Key to Education for Poor Women -- Judith Owens-Manley 13. "That's Why I'm on Prozac": Battered Women, Traumatic Stress, and Education in the Context of Welfare Reform -- Lisa D. Brush 14. Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education -- Vivyan C. Adair About the Contributors

Portrait

Vivyan C. Adair is an Assistant Professor in the Women's Studies Department at Hamilton College, and Director of The ACCESS Project, which supports low-income parents in their efforts to exit inter-generational poverty through higher education and pre-career employment. Sandra L. Dahlberg is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

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"The authors offer a solid and updated policy analysis, identifying reforms that support poor and working-class women and uncovering the policies that drive them away from the academy." Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work "Reclaiming Class is an important book that will inform readers about the short and long term effects of welfare reform on the capacity of women to use higher education as a means of social advancement. Offering a rare and accessible discussion of both welfare policy and welfare stigma and their impact upon people's capacity to learn within American institutions of higher education, it brings much of the current literature on welfare and welfare stereotypes into a concrete realm that students will understand in connection with their own lives. For that reason especially, it is a very valuable book." Radical Teacher Review "This book is uniformly well written and conceived, with a coherency that is difficult to achieve in edited volumes...Reclaiming Class adds substantially to literature on the classed and gendered experiences of poverty class women in higher education. Hopefully, it will also inform policymakers at all levels who have the ability to clear the path to higher education for this group of people." NWSA Journal "Reclaiming Class is truly first-rate. An extremely thoughtful, illuminating analysis of the role class plays in American society, particularly the perception of poverty, the stigma of poverty on those who are or who have ever been poor and the role of higher education in the survival of poor women. What is perhaps most valuable about the book is the combination of the personal with the theoretical and the analytic. The writing is vivid, immediate and compelling; the volume has an intensity that I believe will capture readers' attention and involve them in the debates and dilemmas poor women face." --Ruth Sidel, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and author of Keeping Women and Children Last "Adair and Dahlberg have compiled a daring collection that challenges both the core values of punitive welfare reform policies and the myth of meritocracy in American higher education. It is a moving demonstration of the best kind of social justice scholarship." --Carolyn Law, Dissertation Adviser in the Graduate School at Northern Illinois University and co-editor of This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class and Out in the South (both Temple) "Every college professor no matter what discipline should read this gripping and compelling collection of narratives and analysis about poor women and higher education. This sometimes brilliant book deconstructs and subverts the conventional wisdom about poor women and women on welfare offering instead a sociological imagining of their lives that sloughs off stereotypes to open up voices within. It portrays higher education as both problematic and opportunity, and offers compelling policy analysis." --Sari Knopp Biklen, Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University "This book seems likely to be very useful in a number of educational settings, inside and outside the academy, because of its diverse approaches to the issues. Further, nearly all the professional educators and policy analysts have had firsthand acquaintance with poverty and/or welfare, and this enriches their narratives and their analyses both. One can scarcely read this text without affirming and reiterating the final words of Vivyan Adair: 'We stand at a critical juncture.' Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources
EAN: 9781592130221
ISBN: 1592130224
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: TEMPLE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2003
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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