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Ana: Caught in Circumstances Beyond Her Control

Jill Duerr Berrick

in Faces of Poverty

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195113754
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113754.003.0003
Ana: Caught in Circumstances Beyond Her Control

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This chapter details the experience of a woman called Ana who is living on a tight budget. She is not on welfare anymore, although she was for a short time. Over the past year she has received income from three different sources, one at a time. First she was working; then she received welfare; and finally she obtained worker's compensation. Now she is working again, and all her income comes from her job. In the process, she slipped from working-class status to the bottom.

Keywords: welfare system; poverty; poor women; budget; income; worker's compensation; Dependent Children; AFDC

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