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Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women and Children on Welfare

Jill Duerr Berrick


Most Americans are insulated from the poor; it is hard to imagine the challenges of poverty, the daily fears of crime and victimization, the frustration of not being able to provide for a child. Instead, we are often exposed to the rhetoric and hyperbole about the excesses of the American welfare system. These messages color our perception of the welfare problem in the United States and they close the American mind to a full understanding of the complexity of family poverty. But who are these poor families? What do we know about how they arrived in such desperate straits? Is poverty their fate ... More

Keywords: poverty, American welfare system, crime, victimization, poor families, government assistance, divorce, reforms, welfare population, welfare families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195113754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Duerr Berrick, author
University of California, Berkeley