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Cora: A Portrait of Dependency

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/9780195113754.003.0007
Cora: A Portrait of Dependency

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This chapter tells the story of Cora, who has been on AFDC all her adult life. She began using AFDC twenty-four years ago and has continued, without a break, ever since. In so many respects, her life mirrors our image of the classic welfare stereotype. She comes from a poor family and will leave her children — there are six of them — with a legacy of poverty and neglect that they will not be able to shake. The children have no role model in their mother of a working, productive member of society. Neither do they have a model of a law-abiding citizen. Cora never had these role models either, and for years she has lived in the projects where she is surrounded by poverty, crime, and drug abuse.

Keywords: welfare system; poverty; poor women; welfare stereotypes; poor health; culture of poverty

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