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Money makes a family: A genealogy of female -headed families, welfare and media representations


2005 2005

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Foucault's genealogy is applied to the analysis of welfare-to-work policy and media representations of female-headed families. Discourses of personal responsibility in the history of welfare services and current media representations are analyzed and connected to ideologies of economic citizenship and freedom for female-headed families. A present truth of female-headed families is constructed: female-headed, living in poverty, utilizing welfare services, destructive to the social order and majority African-American. The history of female-headed families and welfare is a development of a knowledge system about single-parent families. This knowledge system is produced by cultural institutions that impose particular meanings on female-headed families as a strategy for controlling poor populations and expunging undeserving poor from social services. Disciplinary mechanisms, both moral and economic, have been transformed to primarily economic mechanisms of self-sufficiency and individual responsibility. Economic mechanisms of control articulated with freedom, citizenship and financial stability have allowed for the emergence of a normative single-parent family. The normative single-parent family is white, female-headed, middle-class and self-sufficient. Analysis of the articulation of welfare-to-work policies post 1996 reform and representations of female-headed families in television and film between 1992 and 2002 is produced in this work. The consequences of welfare-to-work and representations of normative female-headed family are articulated and produce a low-wage labor pool that benefits industry and reproduces the marginalization of single-parent families on welfare.

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Subject
Mass media;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Welfare;
American studies
Classification
0708: Mass media
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0630: Welfare
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Families, Female-headed, Media representations, Welfare
Title
Money makes a family: A genealogy of female -headed families, welfare and media representations
Author
Haynes, Janice L.
Number of pages
358
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542197741, 054219774X
Advisor
Morgan, Michael
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3179880
ProQuest document ID
304997839
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304997839
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