Trapped in America s Safety Net

When Andrea Louise Campbell’s sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was run off the freeway by a hit-and-run driver, she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant.

Trapped in America s Safety Net

Author: Andrea Louise Campbell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022614058X

Page: 200

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When Andrea Louise Campbell’s sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was run off the freeway by a hit-and-run driver, she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. She survived—and, miraculously, the baby was born healthy. But that’s where the good news ends. Marcella was left paralyzed from the chest down. This accident was much more than just a physical and emotional tragedy. Like so many Americans—50 million, or one-sixth of the country’s population—neither Marcella nor her husband, Dave, who works for a small business, had health insurance. On the day of the accident, she was on her way to class for the nursing program through which she hoped to secure one of the few remaining jobs in the area with the promise of employer-provided insurance. Instead, the accident plunged the young family into the tangled web of means-tested social assistance. As a social policy scholar, Campbell thought she knew a lot about means-tested assistance programs. What she quickly learned was that missing from most government manuals and scholarly analyses was an understanding of how these programs actually affect the lives of the people who depend on them. Using Marcella and Dave’s situation as a case in point, she reveals their many shortcomings in Trapped in America’s Safety Net. Because American safety net programs are designed for the poor, Marcella and Dave first had to spend down their assets and drop their income to near-poverty level before qualifying for help. What’s more, to remain eligible, they will have to stay under these strictures for the rest of their lives, meaning they are barred from doing many of the things middle-class families are encouraged to do: Save for retirement. Develop an emergency fund. Take advantage of tax-free college savings. And, while Marcella and Dave’s story is tragic, the financial precariousness they endured even before the accident is all too common in America, where the prevalence of low-income work and unequal access to education have generated vast—and growing—economic inequality. The implementation of Obamacare has cut the number of uninsured and underinsured and reduced some of the disparities in coverage, but it continues to leave too many people open to tremendous risk. Behind the statistics and beyond the ideological battles are human beings whose lives are stunted by policies that purport to help them. In showing how and why this happens, Trapped in America’s Safety Net offers a way to change it.

Family Story as Political Science Reflections on Writing Trapped in America s Safety Net

In this Reflections essay, I consider these challenges in light of what other social scientists have said about the issues of close work with individual, sometimes vulnerable, research subjects.

Family Story as Political Science  Reflections on Writing Trapped in America s Safety Net





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Abstract : Intimate ethnography presents a number of challenges: How could I write about my own family in a way that was true to their experience but also an "objective" report? How could I convey telling details without robbing my family of their privacy? How could I rein in my emotions to report their story, and did I pick and choose facts to protect them or to make them more sympathetic? How could I generalize from their experience to that of millions of social assistance recipients? In this Reflections essay, I consider these challenges in light of what other social scientists have said about the issues of close work with individual, sometimes vulnerable, research subjects.

Gendered Citizenship

2014. Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press. Campbell, Andrea Louise. 2015. “Family Story as
Political Science: Reflections on Writing Trapped in America's Safety Net.”
Perspectives on ...

Gendered Citizenship

Author: Natasha Behl

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190949449

Page: 224

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It has been shown time and again that even though all citizens may be accorded equal standing in the constitution of a liberal democracy, such a legal provision hardly guarantees state protections against discrimination and political exclusion. More specifically, why do we find pervasive gender-based discrimination, exclusion, and violence in India when the Indian Constitution supports an inclusive democracy committed to gender and caste equality? In Gendered Citizenship, Natasha Behl offers an examination of Indian citizenship that weaves together an analysis of sexual violence law with an in-depth ethnography of the Sikh community to explore the contradictory nature of Indian democracy--which gravely affects its institutions and puts its citizens at risk. Through a situated analysis of citizenship, Behl upends longstanding academic assumptions about democracy, citizenship, religion, and gender. This analysis reveals that religious spaces and practices can be sites for renegotiating democratic participation, but also uncovers how some women engage in religious community in unexpected ways to link gender equality and religious freedom as shared goals. Gendered Citizenship is a groundbreaking inquiry that explains why the promise of democratic equality remains unrealized, and identifies potential spaces and practices that can create more egalitarian relations.

Digesting the Public Sphere

Sarah Marusek. Campbell, A. (2014). Trapped in America's safety net: One
family's struggle. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Campbell, A. (2015).
Family story as political science: Reflections on writing trapped in America's
safety net.

Digesting the Public Sphere

Author: Sarah Marusek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351264508

Page: 126

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In the routine spectrum of our lives, we inhabit the public sphere. Whether in the street, the shopping center, or on the bus, we engage with the empowered, the disempowered, the omitted, and the powerful. Within the public sphere, the notion of public involves a complexity of approaches to aspects of everyday practices of power, performance, and place. Through these approaches, that which is public can be visualized, experienced, and contested in the construction, ceremony, and design of buildings, institutions, and daily activities. In a variety of ways, the conceptualization and contextualization of the public contributes to identity formations, narratives of community, and manifestations of the political that materially and discursively transpire within the public sphere in the perceptions of inequality, metaphors for knowledge, and critiques of consciousness. For this volume focused on interpretive methods and methodologies that address the concept of public, we present a lively engagement with methodological insight into the political digestion of the public sphere. We delve into models of and approaches to conducting research, the analysis of findings, and the reaffirmation of enhanced techniques of related inquiry in public spaces. We seek to explore the following questions: What is the public? How do we visualize/understand/experience the public? What are the ways in which these insights connect to articulations of citizenship and democracy? How is the public implicated in the political? The chapters originally published as a special issue in Space and Polity.

Infancy in America A I

A washable safety net stretched over the top of the bed to make sure that the
baby couldn't fall from this high perch! ... Since babies have become trapped
when the drop side of a folding playpen is down, it is important to make sure that
the ...

Infancy in America  A I

Author: Alice S. Honig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576072207

Page: 768

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The latest findings on the mental, emotional, and physical life of the human infant, presented in nontechnical language and user-friendly A–Z format. * More than 500 entries, ranging from down-to-earth child-rearing advice to summaries of the latest research in medicine and developmental psychology * Contributions by 31 experts from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, education, psychology, and sociology

We the People

With fresh insight from new co-author Andrea Campbell, We the People, Twelfth Edition, once again sets the standard for showing students how government impacts their lives and why it matters who participates.

We the People

Author: Benjamin Ginsberg

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393679571


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With fresh insight from new co-author Andrea Campbell, We the People, Twelfth Edition, once again sets the standard for showing students how government impacts their lives and why it matters who participates. Campbell relates true, personal stories of how government affects ordinary citizens. This focus is reinforced by the book's signature "Who Are Americans?" and "Who Participates?" features which motivate critical thinking about how Americans experience and shape politics. Learning goals ensure that students maintain consistent focus on core concepts in the text, in its companion InQuizitive learning tool, and in supporting critical-thinking exercises.

Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia

Wooden box traps have been used for several decades in North America to trap
white-tailed (Odocoileus virginanus) and ... and hind limbs at the level of the
metacarphophalangeal joints as a human safety measure following net gun

Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia

Author: Gary West

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118792866

Page: 968

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Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia, SecondEdition is a fully updated and revised version of the firstcomprehensive reference on anesthetic techniques in captive andfree-ranging wildlife. Now including expanded coverage ofavian and aquatic species, this exhaustive resource presentsinformation on the full range of zoo and wildlife species. Coveringtopics ranging from monitoring and field anesthesia to CPR andeuthanasia, the heart of the book is devoted to 53 species-specificchapters providing a wealth of information on little-known andcommon zoo and wildlife animals alike. In addition to new species chapters, the new edition brings a newfocus on pain management, including chronic pain, and moreinformation on species-specific physiology. Chapters on airwaymanagement, monitoring, emergency therapeutics, and fieldprocedures are all significantly expanded as well. This update toZoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia is aninvaluable addition to the library of all zoo and wildlifeveterinarians.

Beyond the Safety Net

Reviving the Promise of Opportunity in America Sar A. Levitan, Clifford M.
Johnson ... The existence of primary and secondary markets side by side leaves
unskilled workers trapped in dead - end jobs in which their ... Patterns of labor
market segmentation are strengthened and influenced by 44 Beyond the Safety

Beyond the Safety Net

Author: Sar A. Levitan

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Ballinger Publishing Company


Page: 187

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Argues that our welfare system is working, suggests new programs be added to spur employment opportunities, and examines conservative complaints about the system

Savage State

... the age of limited class mobility and the " Wal - Martization " of America , the
lifetime " safety net " for welfare assistance ... of the haves and the have - nots in
which poor people remain trapped in poverty jobs , no matter how hard they work

Savage State

Author: Edward J. Martin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742524644

Page: 196

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The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 is used as a point of departure for a critique of contemporary welfare policy and the capitalist state. Martin and Torres set out to renew a critical Marxist method by extending it to an analysis of contemporary social policy. It is in this approach that they set out to argue that a critique of welfare policy within the context of capitalism is more timely and important than ever before.

The Two Income Trap

Just as corporations were downsizing across America , just when a bidding war
for decent family housing was heating up , and just when families lost the all -
purpose safety net once provided by the stay - athome mother , easy credit
flooded ...

The Two Income Trap

Author: Elizabeth Warren



Page: 255

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Describes the economic and social impact of the two income family, presenting a series of solutions on how to get the middle class back on financial track.

The Hidden Cost of Being African American

Shapiro, the author of "Black Wealth/White Wealth, " blends personal stories, interviews, empirical data, and analysis to illuminate how family assets produce dramatic consequences in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.

The Hidden Cost of Being African American

Author: Thomas M. Shapiro

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195151473

Page: 238

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Shapiro, the author of "Black Wealth/White Wealth, " blends personal stories, interviews, empirical data, and analysis to illuminate how family assets produce dramatic consequences in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.

Working Under the Safety Net

But they , and the human - service workers who work with them , are joined
together by a further dynamic common to late twentieth - century America : a
welfare state whose rate of ... Working Under The Safety Net : Policy and Practice
with the New American Poor examines these issues . ... For others , working or
trapped inside it , the net looks down at them like a web , ensnaring them in
bureaucratic red ...

Working Under the Safety Net

Author: Steve Burghardt

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated


Page: 180

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Working Under the Safety Net focuses on groups most affected by changes in welfare state policy over the last decade -- the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, Black single mothers, the physically disabled and the new unemployed. The authors analyse the policy debate surrounding the needs of each group, synthesize the policy debate and distil the practical and organizational lessons into a new and exciting framework.

What Women Want

America has the developed world's highest rate of adolescent pregnancy, and
the reasons have much to do with ... suffer from shortages in food and housing,
and the inadequate safety net keeps many women trapped in violent

What Women Want

Author: Deborah L. Rhode

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199348294

Page: 272

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What Women Want is a trenchant examination of the struggle for women's equality, and a prescription for what to focus on next in order to ensure maximum success. Feminism today is a movement that lacks leadership, unity, and definition, and it has gotten stuck in a boom and bust cycle when it comes to public opinion and action. Despite significant progress over the last fifty years, equality is still a distant goal in the political, social, and economic spheres. Only by identifying the barriers (both internal and external) that remain, Deborah Rhode argues, can we begin to identify solutions. A rigorously researched and well-written answer to the glut of gender-related books that have come onto the market recently, What Women Want comprehensively analyzes the challenges the feminist movement faces today. Combining sharp academic analysis and interviews with notable figures such as Sheryl Sandberg, Rhode focuses on five main topics: employment issues such as pay discrimination, work-life balance and the government's pitiful response, the assault on women's reproductive rights and the limits it places on their economic mobility, sexual harassment and violence, and the detrimental effect that the unfashionable label "feminist" can have, especially in attracting young women to the movement. Despite these formidable obstacles, the goals and principles of feminism are widely accepted by the American mainstream, and Rhode, herself a pathbreaker in the fields of law and education, offers effective strategies for redefining and advancing the feminist agenda, thereby creating a movement that truly recognizes, and is responsive to, what all women want.

Labor Rising

to break through residual attempts by a declining sector of white America to
control access to jobs, income, and opportunity is just ... Labor is in the best
position to bargain with capital when there is no “bottom” for capital to exploit, no
pool of trapped and therefore ... the capacity as well as the opportunity to work—
not just by providing a basic needs safety net in the event that economic
misfortune strikes.

Labor Rising

Author: Richard Greenwald

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595587985

Page: 336

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When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker threatened the collective bargaining rights of the state’s public sector employees in early 2011, the massive protests that erupted inresponse put the labor movement back on the nation’s front pages. It was a fleeting reminder of a not-so-distant past when the “labor question”—and the power of organized labor—was part and parcel of a century-long struggle for justice and equality in America. Now, on the heels of the expansive Occupy Wall Street movement and midterm election outcomes that are encouraging for the labor movement, the lessons of history are a vital handhold for the thousands of activists and citizens everywhere who sense that something has gone terribly wrong. This pithy and accessible volume provides readers with an understanding of the history that is directly relevant to the economic and political crises working people face today, and points the way to a revitalized twenty-first-century labor movement. With original contributions from leading labor historians, social critics, and activists, Labor Rising makes crucial connections between the past and present, and then looks forward, asking how we might imagine a different future for all Americans.