Social Capital and Welfare Reform

Organizations, Congregations, and Communities

Jo Anne Schneider

Columbia University Press

Social Capital and Welfare Reform

Pub Date: February 2006

ISBN: 9780231126519

432 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£28.00

Pub Date: February 2006

ISBN: 9780231126502

432 Pages

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Pub Date: February 2006

ISBN: 9780231501170

432 Pages

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Social Capital and Welfare Reform

Organizations, Congregations, and Communities

Jo Anne Schneider

Columbia University Press

In this groundbreaking study, Jo Anne Schneider considers the reasons behind the limited success of most welfare reform initiatives and offers evidence-based recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of welfare policy.

Schneider draws on her rich and nuanced ethnographic studies of Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Kenosha, Wisconsin to clarify the role of social capital for both individuals and institutions. She shows that the social relationships and patterns of trust that enable people to gain access to resources like government services, organization funding, and jobs are crucial in helping families achieve their goals. Schneider examines the complex ways in which social capital functions in conjunction with economic, human, and cultural capital, and explores social capital dynamics among government, nonprofits, and congregations that together provide the welfare support system.

Social Capital and Welfare Reform is compulsory reading for researchers and students in social work, sociology, anthropology, public policy, education, community psychology, social psychiatry, and non-profit and public administration as well as policy makers interested in welfare reform, poverty, and nonprofits.
Worth the read. Jon E. Singletary, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Excellent overview of the welfare transformation of the 1990's. Amy C. Conley, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Part I. Factors Influencing Implementation of Welfare Reform
2. The Federal and State Policy Context for Welfare Reform
3. Local Government Systems
4. Social Service Organizations
5. Social Service Systems
6. Labor Markets and Individual Career Paths
7. Family Survival Strategies and Social Capital
8. Comparisons Among Worker Types
Part II. Social Capital and Community Context
9. Social Service Agency Use and Social Capital
10. Agencies and Social Capital
11. Faith Communities and Social Capital
12. Faith, Works, and Community: Connections Among Nonprofits, Government, and Congregations
13. Advocacy and Social Capital
14. Conclusion: Public Policy and Social Capital
Appendix A. Methods and Project Descriptions
Appendix B. Organizations
Appendix C. Family Types and People Profiled in the Book
Notes
References
Index

About the Author

Jo Anne Schneider, Ph.D. (Anthropology, Temple University), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. She has written numerous articles and papers on welfare reform, churches, and communities and administered welfare-to-work programs for six years.