In a book that speaks clearly and forcefully to the heart of the welfare debate in the United States, Ruth Horowitz examines one of the most critical questions of welfare policy: how can a United States government program help teen mothers--one of the most needful groups of all welfare recipients--move from welfare dependency to employment, independence, and responsible citizenship?
Preface Pt. 1: Issues in Program Development 1: Getting to Know Project GED 2: Contested Organizational Cultures: Helping and Authority Pt. 2: Social Service Providers and Teen Mothers 3: Social Service Providers' Problems of Social Identity 4: Social Distance as a Strategy of Compliance 5: Classroom Failure without Redress 6: Sex and Boyfriends: Your Dirty Laundry or Dramatic Dreams 7: Motherhood: Authenticity and the Context of Suspicion 8: Changing Welfare from Stigma to Scholarship: The Arbiters versus the Mediators Pt. 3: Is Welfare Reform Possible? 9: Backstage Links to Public Empowerment 10: The Embodied Reason of Welfare Reform References Index