From welfare to working poor: Prioritizing practice in research on employment-training programs for the poor

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In an effort to better understand relationships among poverty, education, and work, this article uses data from an ethnographic study of two companies in which welfare recipients obtained employment to examine the move from welfare to work. The analysis delineates 23 men's and women's transitions from welfare poor to working poor, and focuses on the ways welfare-generated identities shaped employment training pedagogies, the social organization of the workplaces, and individuals' resistance and accommodation practices at work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-110
Number of pages26
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1997
Externally publishedYes


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  • Education
  • Anthropology

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