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Author Smith, Anna Marie.

Title Welfare reform and sexual regulation / by Anna Marie Smith
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 297 pages)
Contents From paternafare to marriage promotion : sexual regulation and welfare reform -- The ideological construction of paternafare -- Comparing paternafare and the caregiver's entitlement -- Welfare reform, reproductive heterosexuality, and marriage -- From enslaved "broodmare" to "welfare queen" : patriarchal and white supremacist constructions of the Black woman -- Welfare reform and the changing logic of governance -- Welfare policy today : neo-liberal regulation of the poor or neo-eugenics? -- Welfare reform and feminist politics -- Appendix 1: Gender, race, and the TANF population -- Appendix 2: Family structure and poverty -- Appendix 3: Child support enforcement allocations in a neo-liberal fiscal environment -- Appendix 4: The "swarming" of paternafare -- Appendix 5: Race, ethnicity, and the family cap
Summary Inspired by the political interventions of feminist women of color and Foucauldian social theory, Anna Marie Smith explores the scope and structure of the child support enforcement, family cap, marriage promotion, and abstinence education measures that are embedded within contemporary United States welfare policy. Presenting original legal research and drawing from historical sources, social theory, and normative frameworks, the author argues that these measures violate the rights of poor mothers. Drawing on several historical precedents the author shows that welfare policy has consistently constructed the sexual conduct of the racialized poor mother as one of its primary disciplinary targets. The book concludes with a vigorous and detailed critique of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's support for welfare reform law and an outline of a progressive feminist approach to poverty policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Feminist theory.
Neoliberalism -- United States.
Poor African Americans -- Government policy.
Poor families -- Government policy -- United States.
Poor women -- Government policy -- United States.
Public welfare -- United States.
Sex and law -- United States.
Welfare recipients -- Government policy -- United States.
United States -- Social policy -- 1993-
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