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Rural Families and Work

Context and Problems

Bauer, Jean W., Dolan, Elizabeth M. (Eds.)

2012, XII, 260 p.

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  • Integrates family ecological theory with other relevant theories 
  • Includes policy, community, and family contexts                    
  • Presents case studies to highlight the situation of rural families

The recent economic downturn has been especially devastating in America’s rural areas, where low wages, sporadic seasonal work, and manufacturing industries moving their plants out of the U.S. are widespread, and grocery stores and health care services may be miles away. Many families eligible for government programs are unaware of them. The transition from welfare to work is made more difficult by not only the fewer employment opportunities, and the limited access to transportation and child care which keeps many who want to work locked in a catch-22 of unemployment. 

Rural Families and Work analyzes in context the issues and policies that have the greatest influence on rural employment. An overview of relevant theories provides a central starting point for discussion of work and its relationship to family and community well-being. Data from the Rural Families Speak project (including interview transcripts from study participants) illustrate the range of problems preventing rural families from finding and maintaining adequate employment. In addition, the book evaluates current proposals, pinpoints future directions for research and policy, and features discussion questions to help bring work-related issues into focus. Among the topics examined in detail: 

  • The impact of TANF, EITC, and other aid programs.
  • The challenges of child care for low-income rural mothers.
  • Obstacles to employment: mental health problems and child health problems.
  • The hunger-obesity paradox and other physical health issues.
  • Social support and resource management among rural families.
  • Food insecurity  between Latino and white populations.

With its in-depth framework for understanding this complex subject, Rural Families and Work is a valuable text for family relations professors and students, and a solid reference for researchers studying social policy and the economics of the family.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Earned Income Tax Credit - Economic well-being - Families and unemployment - Food security - Low-income families - Rural America - Rural Families - Rural Families Speak

Related subjects » Psychotherapy & Counseling - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics - Social Sciences

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