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Manufacturing Identities, Producing Poverty: Criminalizing Poor Women Through Welfare Fraud

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dc.contributor.advisor Ginorio, Angela en_US Castner, Rebecca en_US 2012-09-13T17:20:40Z 2013-09-14T11:05:26Z 2012-09-13 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Castner_washington_0250E_10129.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation makes crucial connections between poverty, welfare, race, and the penal system. There are several aspects to consider. The first is that women are made poor by inequitable governmental policies, practices, and relations. The second element is when they need help and seek assistance from the government, welfare does not pay enough to live on. Consequently, they are forced to break a welfare rule, in order to survive and keep their children alive. However, breaking a welfare rule can result in one or more felony counts, including perjury and welfare fraud. The third factor is that poor women and welfare moms are manufactured as criminal subjects through the media, welfare policies, and the public court documents amassed against women convicted of welfare fraud. After examining thirteen court case files of women convicted for welfare fraud in King County, Washington through a discourse analysis perspective, it was apparent that the welfare subject and the criminal subject were one and the same. en_US
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dc.rights Copyright is held by the individual authors. en_US
dc.subject Criminalization; Gender; Poverty; Race; Welfare; Women en_US
dc.subject.other Women's studies en_US
dc.subject.other Gender, women, and sexuality en_US
dc.title Manufacturing Identities, Producing Poverty: Criminalizing Poor Women Through Welfare Fraud en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.embargo.terms Delay release for 1 year -- then make Open Access en_US

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