Good Parents or Good Workers?

How Policy Shapes Families’ Daily Lives

  • Jill Duerr Berrick
  • Bruce Fuller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction New Family Policy: How the State Shapes Parents’ Lives

    1. Jill Duerr Berrick, Bruce Fuller
      Pages 1-15
  3. The Good Worker/The Good Mother

  4. Policy Effects on Poor Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Pamela A. Morris, Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London
      Pages 87-116
  5. The Good Father

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Allison Zippay, Anu Rangarajan
      Pages 141-158
    3. David J. Pate Jr.
      Pages 159-174
    4. Jill Duerr Berrick, Bruce Fuller
      Pages 175-184
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-186

About this book


Good Parents or Good Workers? draws upon new ethnographic studies and longitudinal interviews that are reporting on the daily lives of women and children under new welfare policy pressures. Contributors look at family policy in the context of daily demands and critique new social programs that are designed to strengthen families. The book is divided into three course-friendly sections that deal with the impact of welfare reform on caregiving, the lived experiences of low-income families, and family policy debates. Good Parents or Good Workers? is an important text on the impacts of welfare reform that will be essential reading in a variety of courses in education, sociology, and politics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jill Duerr Berrick
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bruce Fuller
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Child and Youth PolicyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WelfareUSA
  3. 3.BerkeleyUSA

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