Paper Title

"A Tangle of Pathology": Heteronormativity, Racism, and the Policing of Public Assistance

Panel

People of Color Caucus Panel: Coloring Epistemologies

Location

Evans Room, Third Floor, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

1-4-2016 12:00 AM

End Date

1-4-2016 12:00 AM

Keywords

PRWORA, Welfare Queen, heteronormativity, racism, classism, public assistance

Abstract

This paper offers a critical examination of the Clinton Administration's 1996 welfare reforms (the PRWORA), examining both the origins and the lasting impact that these policies have had on those experiencing poverty-- particularly unmarried women of color. It necessarily places the PRWORA within the context of a broader political movement centered around symbolism of "the welfare queen" and deconstructs the mythologies that this movement has propagated. For more information, please refer to the full abstract (attached).

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"A Tangle of Pathology": Heteronormativity, Racism, and the Policing of Public Assistance

Evans Room, Third Floor, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

This paper offers a critical examination of the Clinton Administration's 1996 welfare reforms (the PRWORA), examining both the origins and the lasting impact that these policies have had on those experiencing poverty-- particularly unmarried women of color. It necessarily places the PRWORA within the context of a broader political movement centered around symbolism of "the welfare queen" and deconstructs the mythologies that this movement has propagated. For more information, please refer to the full abstract (attached).