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32 review for A Welfare Mother

  1. 5 out of 5

    tk

    with two snaps... hated it. it is is an anthropological examination of a single mother on welfare who is using the system to take care of her frequently-misbehaved-underachieving children and the lover(s) she takes on. with that said, it (and a few other books) are the ENTIRE basis of my thesis work. read it if you have something to say that will counteract it. read it if you want to see how poor women were and continue to be pathologized and "examined" in anthropological studies that dehuminize with two snaps... hated it. it is is an anthropological examination of a single mother on welfare who is using the system to take care of her frequently-misbehaved-underachieving children and the lover(s) she takes on. with that said, it (and a few other books) are the ENTIRE basis of my thesis work. read it if you have something to say that will counteract it. read it if you want to see how poor women were and continue to be pathologized and "examined" in anthropological studies that dehuminize and silence them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charise

    The book/essay had the potential to be very interesting, but it was very dispassionate and hard to get through. Sheehan chronicled the life of a welfare mother, and discussed various events in her life. It was very journalistic, and a little disconnected. A lot of the events described really had no point, and got a bit repetitive.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I thought this book was very insightful on how the welfare system is run and how skilled this mother has become at "working the system". Some of the things this family experiences are horrific, but overall it isn't one I'd recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    one woman's story about living off of welfare. It could have been written last year, but also provides much insight and some understanding to how welfare continues and who might use it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe

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    Carrie

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    Michael Edmonds

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    Rachel

  9. 4 out of 5

    CT

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

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    Laura

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    Cassandra

  13. 4 out of 5

    أميمة بزوي

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Lombardo

  15. 5 out of 5

    sevenspunkymonkeys

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    Jill Talley

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    Kathy

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    Lindsey Willis

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    Peneforyourthoughts

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    Peachy

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    Colleen

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    Joel

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    Jen

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    Dani Pramayanti

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    Kitty Olguin

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    Cielo

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    Apex157x

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nettie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Blessingsechele

  30. 5 out of 5

    D'Lores Heather

  31. 4 out of 5

    DeAubri Wilkins

  32. 5 out of 5

    MBP

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