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Categories of Exclusion: The Transformation of Formerly Incarcerated Women into “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” in Welfare Processing

@article{Welsh2015CategoriesOE,
  title={Categories of Exclusion: The Transformation of Formerly Incarcerated Women into “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” in Welfare Processing},
  author={Megan Welsh},
  journal={Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare},
  year={2015},
  volume={42},
  pages={5}
}
  • M. Welsh
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
For people who have just been released from incarceration, the work of getting out and resuming life on the outside often includes numerous institutional contacts. Applying for and maintaining public assistance—cash aid and food stamps, commonly referred to as welfare—is a central component of what I call “reentry work.” I argue that discourses around welfare and punishment have perpetuated the erasure of formerly incarcerated women’s experiences. Utilizing an institutional ethnographic… 

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