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Cheating WelfarePublic Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty$
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Kaaryn S. Gustafson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732311

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732311.001.0001

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A Glimpse at the Interviewees

A Glimpse at the Interviewees

(p.71) 4 A Glimpse at the Interviewees
Cheating Welfare

Kaaryn S. Gustafson

NYU Press

This chapter describes some of the salient background characteristics and histories of thirty-four welfare recipients in a Northern California county. Based on in-depth, semistructured interviews with these individuals, the chapter highlights the ways that they may reflect the general welfare population and where it may differ. It also looks at some of the common experiences and backgrounds of the interviewees in terms of parenthood, substitute mothering, marital and nonmarital history, paternity and child support (for absent fathers), welfare use, the impact of race and ethnicity on welfare use, family history of welfare use, length of time on welfare, educational history, and employment history, Finally, the chapter considers some of the assumptions behind welfare's work requirements.

Keywords:   welfare recipients, Northern California, welfare, parenthood, substitute mothering, paternity, child support, welfare use, race, ethnicity

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