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Journal of Social Issues, Volume 57, Number 2, Summer 2001, Listening to the Voices of Poor Women

Bernice Lott (Editor), Heather E. Bullock (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0081-6
242 pages
January 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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The subject of poverty in the United States is one of central concern, with regards to social issues and justice. Its relative invisibility in psychology reflects the discipline's dominant middle-class standpoint. This issue focuses specifically on the voices of poor women in the United States.
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Part I: Introduction:.

1. "Who Are the Poor?": Bernice Lott, University of Rhode Island; Heather E. Bullock: University of California-Santa Cruz.

Part II: Beliefs About the Poor:.

2. "Attitudes Toward the Poor and Attributions for Poverty": Catherine Cozzarelli, Kansas State University; Anna V. Wilkinson, Rice University; Michael J. Tagler, Kansas State University.

3. "Media Images of the Poor": Heather E. Bullock, University of California–Santa Cruz; Karen Fraser Wyche, New York University; Wendy R. Williams: University of California–Santa Cruz.

Part III: Needs, Strengths, and Barriers.

4. "Low-Income Parents and the Public Schools": Bernice Lott, University of Rhode Island.

5. "Welfare Mother's Reflections on Personal Responsibility": Jacquelin W. Scarbrough, Regis College.

6. "Low-Income Women Speak out About Housing: A High-Stakes Game of Musical Chairs": Joan H. Rollins, Rhode Island College; Renee N. Saris, Ball State University; Ingrid Johnston-Robledo: State University of New York at Fredonia.

7. "Experiences of Women on Public Assistance": Guerda Nicolas, College of St. Elizabeth; Varzi JeanBaptiste, New York State Psychiatric Institute.

8. "How Can You Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps, if You Don't Have Boots? Work-Appropriate Clothing for Poor Women": Diane M. Turner-Bowker, QualityMetric, Inc.

Part IV: Applied Research in Community Agencies:.

9. "More Than Epistemology: Relationships in Applied Research With Underserved Communities": Anne E. Brodsky, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

10. "Negotiating Partnerships in Research on Poverty With Community-Based Agencies": Pamela Trotman Reid, University of Michigan; Eduardo Vianna, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Part V: Public Policy Implications:.

11. "Poverty, Welfare, and Patriarchy: How Macro-Level Changes in Social Policy Can Help Low-Income Women": Joy K. Rice, University of Wisconsin–Madison .

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Bernice Lott is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She received her university's Excellence Award for scholarly achievement and an honorary degree in Humane Letters. She served as president o APA's Division 35, and the Association for Women in Psychology. Among these honors was receipt of the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award. She is the author of numerous theoretical and empirical articles, chapters, and books on social learning, gender, and social issues. Her areas of research interest are interpersonal communication; gender, ethnicity, and social class; and the social psychology of poverty.

Heather Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She conducts research on classist discrimination and the relationship between attributions for poverty and support for welfare policies. She has a strong interest in public policy and spent a year as an APA Congressional Fellow with the Democratic Office of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. As a legislative fellow, she studied the impact of welfare reform and assisted with the development of antihunger, violence prevention, and early education legislation.
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  • Discusses a relatively invisible topic in psychology-that of poverty in the United States and its relation to social issues first person discussions of housing, the experience of receiving public assistance, being a poor parent in the public school system, and surviving as a poor woman in the workplace.


  • Full spectrum discussion of poverty, from general attitudes and media portrayals of the poor, to the individual voices of the poor, specifically women.


  • First person discussions of housing, the experience of receiving public assistance, being poor parent in the public school system, and surviving as a poor woman in the workplace.
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