Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Journal furnishing social scientific analysis to understand problems of social policy, politics, and welfare.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, June

Battered and on Welfare: The Experiences of Women with the Family Violence Option
Noting the incidence of battered women on welfare, lawmakers passed the Family Violence Option (FVO), which allows states to offer waivers from welfare program requirements. Assumptions were made that many women would seek relief under the FVO. However,...
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Digital Divide in Computer Access and Use between Poor and Non-Poor Youth
The main objectives of this study were to examine the "digital divide" in home computer ownership and to evaluate differences in academic and non-academic computer use between poor and non-poor youth. Data from a national sample of 1,029, 10- through...
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Legislative Casework: Where Policy and Practice Intersect
Legislative casework is an ongoing activity in many state and federal legislative offices. Although the activity carries the implication of being a social work activity, there is little evidence from the literature, or in the field, that social workers...
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Making TANF Work: Organizational Restructuring, Staff Buy-In, and Performance Monitoring in Local Implementation
While research suggests that staff resistance to change and intentional subversion have hampered prior welfare reform efforts, this does not appear to be the case for the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)....
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Private Food Assistance in the Deep South: Assessing Agency Directors' Knowledge of Charitable Choice
In recent years,food banking has emerged as an important tool in America's fight against hunger and malnutrition. At the same time, the charitable choice provision of 1996 welfare reform law has significantly expanded the opportunity for public-private...
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Terry Tirrito, Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View
Terry Tirrito, Aging in the New Millennium: A Global View. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2003. $ 18.95 papercover. Global aging is all-encompassing and will affect every man, woman and child anywhere in the world. It will affect...
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The Sound of Silence: Social Work, the Academy, and Iraq
Despite the imposition of economic sanctions against Iraq in 1990, the social work academy has ignored the impact of this global social policy promoted by the international community. Though evidence existed for more than 10 years that sanctions contributed...
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Voices from the Middle: How Performance Funding Impacts Workforce Organizations, Professionals and Customers
Under recent policy reforms, the landscape of authority relations in welfare and workforce development organizations has radically changed from one that privileged internal professional autonomy to one that privileges external authorities. Performance,...
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"Won't Be Weighted Down:" Richard R. Wright, Jr.'s Contributions to Social Work and Social Welfare
African-American scholars, intellectuals, and social work practitioners made significant contributions to American thought and life during the Progressive Era. Unfortunately, their work is often overlooked by history. This paper explores the contributions...
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Work-Based Welfare as a Ritual: Understanding Marginalization in Post-Independence Lithuania
The paper analyzes the functioning of the newly created labor exchange in post-Soviet Lithuania. It is argued that the labor exchange in post-Soviet Lithuania operates under the conditions of a structural contradiction: welfare services are designed...
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