Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, December

An Exploratory Study of Neighborhood Choices among Moving to Opportunity Participants in Baltimore, Maryland: The Influence of Housing Search Assistance
This study examined the neighborhood choices of 150 families who participated in the Moving To Opportunity Program (MTO) in Baltimore, Maryland. The MTO program, utilizing an experimental design, provided intensive housing search and counseling services...
From Self-Sufficiency to Personal and Family Sustainability: A New Paradigm for Social Policy
Current social policy that affects welfare recipients focuses on the concept of "self-sufficiency" where leaving welfare for work is the goal. While this approach has reduced welfare rolls, it has not necessarily helped low-income people improve their...
Hate Crimes against the Homeless: Warning-Out New England Style
This article reports on the hate crime victimization experienced by thirty individuals over the course of their homelessness in a New England city. In-depth interviews were conducted with the participants in order to provide a detailed, contextual...
How Has the Violence against Women Act Affected the Response of the Criminal Justice System to Domestic Violence?
This study uses an interrupted time series design to examine the association between the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) and several different dimensions of the criminal justice system's involvement in violence against women. These include...
Language Barriers & Perceptions of Bias: Ethnic Differences in Immigrant Encounters with the Welfare System
This article demonstrates why research on immigrant language barriers should account for local variations in the way these barriers are experienced by different immigrant groups. It makes the argument that variations in language barriers experienced...
Lone Mothers and Welfare-to-Work Policies in Japan and the United States: Towards an Alternative Perspective
This paper compares recent efforts to reduce lone mothers' reliance on cash assistance and support their increased participation in the workforce and economic independence in Japan and the United States. Similar to reforms introduced in the U.S. in...
Quantifying Social Entities: An Historical-Sociological Critique
In formulating social policy the administrative arm of government relies heavily on number-based significations of knowledge, such as needs indicators and performance measures. Relying on numbers increases administrators' confidence in their decisions...
The Roles of Buddhist Temples in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Although efforts are being made to decrease the number of new HIV infections in Thailand, less support is give to the growing population that is already affected by the disease. This qualitative study explores the roles of Buddhist temples in the treatment...
Workfare in Toronto: More of the Same?
This paper uses a recent survey of welfare leavers in Toronto to examine Workfare, a uniquely American initiative introduced into Canada, with its different welfare state history and traditions. When classic American workfare was imported by an enthusiastic...