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Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy$
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Lisa D. Brush

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398502.001.0001

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(p.115) 6 Conclusions
Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy

Lisa D. Brush

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter uses insights gleaned from interviews, administrative data, and a community literacy project to continue grappling with the conventional wisdom that posits work as the panacea for poverty and battering. The chapter proceeds in two steps. The chapter first present the issues about life options–specifically, about the importance of employment to women’s safety, solvency, and ability to pursue their life projects–that the writers in the community literacy project raise. The chapter integrates the community literacy project’s writers’ visions with the insights from the interview and administrative data that has been analyzed. The chapter provides a final critique of the conventional wisdom that places work at the center of the U.S. policy response to poverty and battering and conclude by articulating a principle to inform and perhaps help motivate a progressive feminist response: Poverty and battering are both issues of human rights and social inclusion.

Keywords:   neo-liberalism, motherhood, work, life options, democracy, advocacy, contradictions

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