Not the Whole Story

Challenging the Single Mother Narrative
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 8. April 2014
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 176 Seiten
978-1-55458-624-0 (ISBN)
A compilation of seventeen stories narrated by single mothers in their own way and about their own lives. Each story is unique, but the same issues appear again and again. Abuse, parenting as single mothers, challenges in the labour market, mental health and addictions issues, and a scarcity of quality childcare.
  • Englisch
  • Waterloo, Ontario
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  • Kanada
black & white illustrations
  • Höhe: 155 mm
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  • Breite: 229 mm
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  • Dicke: 14 mm
  • 346 gr
978-1-55458-624-0 (9781554586240)
1554586240 (1554586240)
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Lea Caragata teaches in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her areas of research and specialization include marginalization and oppression, and, most recently, labour market changes and welfare-state retrenchment and their impacts on lone-mother-led families. A long-time activist, she collaborates with peer researchers and looks at popular and scholarly dissemination activities with an eye on social change. Judit Alcalde , a graduate of the Community Psychology M.A. program at Wilfrid Laurier University, has over twenty years of experience working in community-based settings. Her work has spanned numerous topics, but much of her time has centred on issues faced by women, including abuse and poverty. She works as an independent community research and evaluation consultant in Toronto.
Introduction; Workfare & Precarious Work; The Making of This Book; Methodology; Issues Shaping Poverty, Single Motherhood, & Social Status; Format of the Volume; On the Process of Creating This Book & on the Stories That Needed Telling | Robin; The Individual Stories; Saras Story; Marthas Story; Marys Story; Annes Story; Madisons Story; Staceys Story; Robins Story; Emilys Story; Catrinas Story; Lucys Story; Christinas Story; Susans Story; Miriams Story; Victorias Story; Izabelas Story; Jennas Story; Making Meaning; Story Summaries; Pulling It Together; Conclusion; References.
"How do single mothers break the cycle of poverty and what got them there in the first place? What are the barriers they face and how can we assist in breaking them down? How do they maintain hope as they try desperately to put food on the table at the end of the month? The real-life experiences of these tough, resilient, and resourceful mothers provide a road map and inspiration to reform our social and financial policies. Read their stories, and then work for change." -- Olivia Chow, former Toronto city councillor and Member of Parliament "The stories of the lone mothers depicted in the book are often horrifying, but the women are not defeated. They are realistic about the so-called choices available to them, but all can see a future. Caragata's text vividly captures the violence and poverty that shape these women's lives. She counterpoints participants' words to academic language. The result is not discordance but rather a wonderful analytic balance wherein the two voices resonate and reinforce each other." -- Sheila M. Neysmith, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

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