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Reconfiguring the social contract: A summary of Both Hands Tied

This article summarizes Both Hands Tied: Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom of the Low-Wage Labor Market, that addresses issues through an analysis of the intersection of welfare and work in the lives of 42 women in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin, where welfare reform was launched in its earliest and starkest form and where deindustrialization and the growth of the service economy present challenges for low-wage workers.


Economic Support, Employment, Financial Security, Labor Market, Low-Wage Work, Social Insurance Programs


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