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Family Caps, Abortion and Women of Color

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  • 288 Nombre de pages
Informationen zum Autor Michael J. Camasso is currently a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Econ... Lire la suite
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Informationen zum Autor Michael J. Camasso is currently a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Rutgers University. Prior to this he served on the School of Social Work faculty for over 15 years. Professor Camasso has conducted applied social science research in the areas of child welfare, public welfare, youth career development and public education and has published widely on these issues. In 2002 he was the recipient of theRichard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award given by the American Association of University Professors. Klappentext This provocative and exhaustively researched book explores an unexpected consequence of the welfare reform legislation: an increase, most notably among African-American women, in the abortion rate as an attempt to avoid penalties imposed by family cap laws. Michael Camasso, the principal investigator on New Jerseys independent evaluation of the caps impact on births, abortions, and contraceptive use (the only such investigation commissioned in the nation), offers thereader a chronicle of not only the empirical results of the legislation, but of the ensuing political firestorm. Zusammenfassung Fifteen years ago, New Jersey became the first of over twenty states to introduce the family cap, a welfare reform policy that reduces or eliminates cash benefits for unmarried women on public assistance who become pregnant. The caps have lowered extra-marital birth rates, as intended but as Michael J. Camasso shows convincingly in this provocative book, they did so in a manner that few of the policys architects are willing to acknowledge publicly, namely byincreasing the abortion rate disproportionately among black and Hispanic women. In Family Caps, Abortion, and Women of Color, Camasso (who headed up the evaluation of the nations first cap) presents the caps history from inception through implementation to his investigation and the dramatic attempts to squelch his unpleasant findings. The book is filled with devastatingly clear-cut evidence and hard-nosed data analyses, yet Camasso also pays close attention to the reactions his findings provoked in policymakers, both conservative and liberal, who were unpreparedfor the effects of their crude social engineering and did not want their success scrutinized too closely. Camasso argues that absent any successful rehabilitation or marriage strategies, abortion provides a viable third way for policymakers to help black and Hispanic women accumulate the social and humancapital they need to escape welfare, while simultaneously appealing to liberals passion for reproductive freedom and the neoconservatives sense of social pragmatism. Camasso's conclusions will please no one along the political spectrum, making it all the more essential for them to be studied widely. A classic example of what can happen to research and the researcher when research findings become misaligned with political goals and strategies, Family Caps, Abortion and Women of Color is sure to foment a contentious but vital discussion among all who read it. ...

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Michael J. Camasso is currently a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Rutgers University. Prior to this he served on the School of Social Work faculty for over 15 years. Professor Camasso has conducted applied social science research in the areas of child welfare, public welfare, youth career development and public education and has published widely on these issues. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Richard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award given by the American Association of University Professors.

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This provocative and exhaustively researched book explores an unexpected consequence of the welfare reform legislation: an increase, most notably among African-American women, in the abortion rate as an attempt to avoid penalties imposed by family cap laws. Michael Camasso, the principal investigator on New Jerseys independent evaluation of the caps impact on births, abortions, and contraceptive use (the only such investigation commissioned in the nation), offers the reader a chronicle of not only the empirical results of the legislation, but of the ensuing political firestorm.



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Fifteen years ago, New Jersey became the first of over twenty states to introduce the family cap, a welfare reform policy that reduces or eliminates cash benefits for unmarried women on public assistance who become pregnant. The caps have lowered extra-marital birth rates, as intended but as Michael J. Camasso shows convincingly in this provocative book, they did so in a manner that few of the policys architects are willing to acknowledge publicly, namely by increasing the abortion rate disproportionately among black and Hispanic women. In Family Caps, Abortion, and Women of Color, Camasso (who headed up the evaluation of the nations first cap) presents the caps history from inception through implementation to his investigation and the dramatic attempts to squelch his unpleasant findings. The book is filled with devastatingly clear-cut evidence and hard-nosed data analyses, yet Camasso also pays close attention to the reactions his findings provoked in policymakers, both conservative and liberal, who were unprepared for the effects of their crude social engineering and did not want their success scrutinized too closely. Camasso argues that absent any successful rehabilitation or marriage strategies, abortion provides a viable third way for policymakers to help black and Hispanic women accumulate the social and human capital they need to escape welfare, while simultaneously appealing to liberals passion for reproductive freedom and the neoconservatives sense of social pragmatism. Camasso's conclusions will please no one along the political spectrum, making it all the more essential for them to be studied widely. A classic example of what can happen to research and the researcher when research findings become misaligned with political goals and strategies, Family Caps, Abortion and Women of Color is sure to foment a contentious but vital discussion among all who read it.

Détails sur le produit

Titre: Family Caps, Abortion and Women of Color
Sous-titre: Research Connection and Political Rejection
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Code EAN: 9780195179057
ISBN: 978-0-19-517905-7
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Sciences sociales en général
nombre de pages: 288
Poids: 564g
Taille: H242mm x B162mm x T18mm
Année: 2007