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Faces of PovertyPortraits of Women and Children on Welfare$
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Jill Duerr Berrick

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113754.001.0001

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What Is Welfare?

What Is Welfare?

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(p.5) 1 What Is Welfare?
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Faces of Poverty
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Jill Duerr Berrick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113754.003.0002

This chapter discusses welfare. Topics covered include the development of welfare, welfare as intended versus welfare in practice, myths and realities about welfare. The chapter then discusses the controversial issue of whether welfare is a problem. It argues that perhaps the real problem is not in our perceptions of who does and does not receive welfare or how long people should benefit from public assistance. Instead, people should be more concerned about the fact that welfare is synonymous with poverty and that living in poverty is what needs to be addressed.

Keywords:   welfare system, poor, poverty, social policy, Aid to Families

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