Thread asking for sources to address welfare stereotypes

7 Feb

Ok, here it is (again): combatting the ever popular “all people on welfare are lazy, shiftless moochers who just need to get a job” sentiment. I’ve already pointed out the obvious, but I’m looking for strong sources to back me up (other than partisan or blog-type sources, which is what pops up first *face palm*).
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Rachael Goss Rodgers-Dillon and The Welfare Stigma. Its not stats, but experiences and I find it doesn’t enlighten every student, but it softens them a bit.
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Julie Anne I’ll have to check that out. Unfortunately, this person keeps on saying things about experiences that are anecdotal and to suggest that she thinks that everyone on welfare doesn’t want to work, that she’s tired of her tax dollars going to lazy people (which I informed her that the government spends more money on corporate welfare and subsidies), and on and on. If I can show her that many on welfare work, want to work, etc., I’m hoping to counter her anecdotal evidence.
12 hours ago · Like

Rachael Goss Babbie, the importance of social research? But then, students like to say that its “outdated.”
11 hours ago · Like · 1

Georgia Bianchi I like to use some statistics: In 2011 Florida put in mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients, a move supported by many Floridians. The idea was that it would drastically reduce new recipients, because so many would fail the drug test – since they are not only lazy and shiftless, but addicts too, right?. In the end, the average fail rate was about 4%. People will always find a way to argue around it (see the end of the article) – but it is a good measure to propagate… http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2758871/floridas-welfare-drug-tests-cost.html
10 hours ago · Like · 3

Chris Malackany I too have encountered this problem. Here are some sources that have helped me in the past…hopefully they help you now:

1. Stumbled upon this from the book ‘Everything is obvious once you know the answer,’ which is a great read: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/08/24/lies-of-mass-destruction.html

2. Commentary and stats on the ‘entitlement’ society: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3677

3. ‘Deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor: http://thesocietypages.org/sociologylens/2012/07/12/deserving-and-undeserving-welfare/

4. Review of Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) with supporting stats: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=936

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