Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Hurst, Allison L., 1969-
This paper explores the state controlled development of public opinions and perceptions of poverty and welfare recipients. Through the use of boundary theory, I examine the use of stereotypes of "bad" mothering by welfare recipients and poor women as a boundary creator, building general hostility towards welfare recipients. Further, it explores the ways in which welfare policy is molded by race and gender stereotypes regarding welfare recipients. Finally, it investigates the erasure of Ì¢ white povertyÌ¢ from public discourse, and the consequence of this purposeful omission on welfare policy.
Griffin, Risa, "White trash mother: the shaming and control of poor women in the United States" (2009). Honors Theses. 64.