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Reformed American Dreams explores the experiences of low-income single mothers who pursued higher education while on welfare after the 1996 welfare reforms. This research occurred in an area where grassroots activism by and for mothers on welfare in higher education was directly able to affect the implementation of public policy. Half of the participants in Sheila M. Katz's research were activists with the grassroots welfare rights organization, LIFETIME, trying to change welfare policy and to advocate for better access to higher education. Reformed American Dreams takes up their struggle to raise families, attend school, and become student activists, all while trying to escape poverty. Katz highlights mothers' experiences as they pursued higher education on welfare and became grassroots activists during the Great Recession.
|Publication date:||30th August 2019|
|Author:||Sheila M. Katz|
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Categories:||Social classes, Higher & further education, tertiary education, Inclusive education / mainstreaming, Social discrimination & inequality, History of education,|
Sheila M. Katz is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Houston in Texas. She is a founding board member of the National Center for Student Parent Programs and previously taught at Sonoma State University.More About Sheila M. Katz