Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

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 ̢ white poverty̢ from public discourse, and the consequence of this purposeful omission on welfare policy.


Includes bibliographical references: pages 86-92

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