Welfare Reform in the United States: gender, race and class matter

  title={Welfare Reform in the United States: gender, race and class matter},
  author={Mimi Abramovitz},
  journal={Critical Social Policy},
  pages={336 - 364}
  • Mimi Abramovitz
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Critical Social Policy
This article argues that gender, race and class matter in welfare reform. It provides a brief historical overview of the US welfare programme for single mothers; describes the main provisions of welfare reform (enforcing work, promoting marriage and limiting the role of the federal government in wider society); and identifies the impact on women and children. It concludes that welfare reform is best understood as part of the neo-liberal/Right attack on the state. 

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