Welfare Reform in a Time of Crisis

February 9, 2010
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library
A moderated talk and book celebration with authors
Sandra Morgen, Joan Acker, and Jill Weigt

stretchedthinJoin CSWS and the UO Department of Sociology in a discussion and celebration of the publication of Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Workers and Welfare Reform. The event will include 10-minute talks by the three authors, followed by a moderated Q & A session.

Published in December by Cornell University Press, the book is based on a three-year, multi-method study of welfare restructuring in Oregon. Stretched Thin gives an “on the ground” account of doing welfare reform from the perspectives of clients, agency workers, and administrators. The authors assess the outcomes and suggest new policies to deal with poverty and economic disparities.

The study, a project of the CSWS Women in the Northwest Research Initiative, was partially funded by CSWS, with other funds from the Oregon Department of Human Resources. Sandra Morgen is associate dean of the UO Graduate School, a professor of anthropology, and former director of CSWS. Joan Acker is professor emerita of the UO Department of Sociology and the first director of CSWS. UO graduate Jill Weigt is associate professor of sociology at California State University-San Marcos.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the UO Department of Sociology.