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Mothers without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform
In August 1996 President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act that fulfilled his campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” and one month later the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act passed, deepening restrictions on immigrant and welfare provisions. These acts harshly and disproportionately ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2008 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Feb 21, 2010 Sam Grace rated it liked it
Recommended to Sam by: Eithne Luibheid
My second read through I felt much the same way as I did the first time. I appreciated the topic, succinctly summarized after the colon in the title, and the discussion and theorization of citizenship in the second chapter. Chapter 3, which tells the story of mothers' suicides in response to loss of social security benefits among Hmong-Americans, was deeply moving. The discussions of the policies and their implications in the rest of the book were valuable to someone who is interested in U.S. po ...more
A perfect example of good feminist intersectional analysis; unstead of just mentioning race or citizenship status, actually apply how those social identities function in a particular instance--in this case, interacting with the US welfare system. A good contribution to Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, and Policy Studies.