"Quick attachment to work" programs are favored in the United States, but the programs' attractiveness stems from their low cost rather than the impact they make in the lives of the intended beneficiaries. This article draws on data collected through ethnographic research on one quick attachment to work initiative that moved recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children into jobs as nurse assistants at a geriatric facility. The stories of the women participants reveal the unfolding of a welfare-to-work program in practice and illustrate how and why earnest efforts to mediate poverty resulted instead in the continued marginalization and stigmatization of poor people.
- Employment training
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science