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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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Work and Love in the Gendered U.S. Insecurity State

Work and Love in the Gendered U.S. Insecurity State

(p.109) 5 Work and Love in the Gendered U.S. Insecurity State
Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Lisa D. Brush

NYU Press

This chapter describes the lives of poor women in the United States and identifies the relationship between the penal security state and the social security state. The penal security state and the social security state are two sides of the U.S. state that complement one another in addressing poverty and battering. They draw on similar understandings of what causes poverty and battering, and they both advocate gendered personal responsibility and women's employment as the keys to success in addressing these issues. The chapter then shows how ineffective the state solutions of empowerment, individual initiative, and personal responsibility are without other social supports in dealing with problems that are structural in nature.

Keywords:   penal security state, social security state, poverty, battering, women's employment, gendered insecurity

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