Ain't No Trust (Paperback)

How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters

By Judith Levine

University of California Press, 9780520274723, 314pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2013

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Description


Ain’t No Trust explores issues of trust and distrust among low-income women in the U.S.—at work, around childcare, in their relationships, and with caseworkers—and presents richly detailed evidence from in-depth interviews about our welfare system and why it’s failing the very people it is designed to help.



By comparing low-income mothers’ experiences before and after welfare reform, Judith A. Levine probes women’s struggles to gain or keep jobs while they simultaneously care for their children, often as single mothers. By offering a new way to understand how structural factors impact the daily experiences of poor women, Ain’t No Trust highlights the pervasiveness of distrust in their lives, uncovering its hidden sources and documenting its most corrosive and paralyzing effects. Levine’s critique and conclusions hold powerful implications for scholars and policymakers alike.

 


About the Author

Judith Levine is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University.


Praise For Ain't No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters

"Levine uses the concept of trust and the associated literature as her analytical tool."

— Social Service Review