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Low-Income Mothers and Distrust

Judith Levine of Temple University talks about her recently released book Ain’t No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters. In the podcast, Levine explains how low-income mothers experience more than their share of distrust and how that distrust serves as a form of inequality. In Levine’s work, she finds that much of this distrust develops from often-negative social interactions with employers, government workers, and people in the women’s social networks. The distrust that develops out of those interactions can undermine policy and serve as a barrier that keeps these mothers from pursuing better opportunities. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

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Economic Support, Family & Partnering, Means-Tested Programs

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