Kaaryn S. Gustafson's Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization PDF

By Kaaryn S. Gustafson

ISBN-10: 0814732313

ISBN-13: 9780814732311

During the last 3 many years, welfare guidelines were knowledgeable by way of well known ideals that welfare fraud is rampant. therefore, welfare guidelines became extra punitive and the bounds among the welfare procedure and the legal justice process have blurred--so a lot in order that in a few locales prosecution caseloads for welfare fraud exceed welfare caseloads. in truth, a few recipients manage the welfare procedure for his or her personal ends, others are gravely damage by way of punitive regulations, and nonetheless others fall someplace in between.In dishonest Welfare, Kaaryn S. Gustafson endeavors to remedy those grey parts through supplying insights into the background, social development, and lived event of welfare. She exhibits why dishonest is all yet inevitable--not simply because bad everyone is immoral, yet simply because usual members navigating advanced platforms of ideas tend to develop into entangled regardless of their top efforts. via an exam of the development of the crime we all know as welfare fraud, which she bases on in-depth interviews with welfare recipients in Northern California, Gustafson demanding situations readers to query their assumptions approximately welfare guidelines, welfare recipients, and crime regulate within the usa.

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The federally aided programs of public assistance under the Social Security Act are the one area of social protection against the risk of actual poverty which carries built-in provision for legally enforceable entitlement” (xix). The focus, then, was not on the pathologies of poor individuals or families but on the risks of both economic instability and government intrusion, risks over which individuals and families had no control. The grassroots movements for welfare rights arose among low-income mothers, mostly women of color, in urban areas (Kornbluh 2007).

Kennedy publicized the plight of poor, working whites in Appalachia. He also brought attention to the horrible poverty suffered by the elderly who were unable to work. The federal policy changes that resulted from the War on Poverty had the greatest impact on these populations. The 1960s brought changes to a number of public assistance programs. S. Congress under President Kennedy enacted changes in the Social Security Act, expanding ADC to allow states to provide aid to two-parent families where the breadwinner (assumed to be the father) faced a long spell of unemployment (Piven and Cloward [1971] 1993, 126-27).

When African American women did receive aid, it usually came from middle-class charitable aid societies organized by other African American women (Gordon 1994, 114-17). Early aid programs provided poor single mothers with little money. These mothers usually had to generate additional income to survive. However, to maintain the appearance of a suitable home, poor mothers often, according to historian Molly Ladd-Taylor, had to hide “jobs, income and lovers from their caseworkers” (1994, 151). Ladd-Taylor notes that “because recipients were not given enough money to live on, but might lose their pensions if they were resourceful and got some money from another source, cheating became part of the system” (151).

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