Contexts of poverty seem to magnify vulnerabilities in mothers, especially women who have few resources for coping and little support in parenting. Adding to the challenges of poverty are government mandates to move women off of welfare into the workforce. Focusing on the experiences of four mothers who moved from welfare into the low-wage workforce and then back to unemployment, this study offers a description of how these mothers and their adolescent children navigate and make sense of low-wage work, family life, and cumulative disadvantage.
“Your Kids or Your Job”: Navigating Low Wage Work and Parenting in Contexts of Poverty
Michelle Miller-Day, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. This research was supported by a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to The Pennsylvania State University (Michelle Miller-Day, Principal Investigator). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of the William T. Grant Foundation. These experiences were previously represented in a live ethnodramatic performance titled “HOMEwork” in Burgville, USA. The author is indebted to the “Burgville” Housing Authority and the families who allowed me into their lives. Correspondence to: Michelle Miller-Day, Department of Communication, Pennsylvania State University, 234 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA. E-mail: email@example.com.
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Michelle Miller-Day; “Your Kids or Your Job”: Navigating Low Wage Work and Parenting in Contexts of Poverty. Qualitative Communication Research 1 March 2012; 1 (1): 7–36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/qcr.2012.1.1.7
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