product description page
Motherhood, Poverty, and the WIC Program in Urban America : Life Strategies (Hardcover) (Suzanne
About this item
The study presented here is one of urban poverty, household survival, and social institutions that both enable and control the decision-making of poor women in America. First and foremost, it is about a public health program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known more commonly as WIC, and how the institution re-inscribes persistent stereotypes of the urban poor on the women it eagerly wishes to serve. Despite encountering opposition and occasionally humiliation at the hands of those chosen to serve, many low-income women throughout the United States and Puerto Rico return to WIC every month because it represents a rite of passage that characterizes pregnancy. Enrolling in WIC prenatally signifies to others the importance of providing for one’s family in spite of socioeconomic disadvantage. Yet whether women access WIC benefits or not, their lived realities include a painful and enduring connection between urban poverty and health inequalities, particularly inequalities leading to poor birth outcomes and infant mortality, as explored in this urban ethnography.
Number of Pages: 279
Genre: Political Science, Family + Relationships
Sub-Genre: Parenting / Motherhood, Public Policy / City Planning + Urban Development
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Author: Suzanne Morrissey
Street Date: December 24, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-7164
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.