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Does Ontario Works work for single mothers? An examination of Ontario Works in Wellington County

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Title: Does Ontario Works work for single mothers? An examination of Ontario Works in Wellington County
Author: Crouse, Susanne
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Advisor: Winson, Anthony
Abstract: This thesis combines a variety of methods to examine welfare reform in Ontario. In particular, it focuses on the effects these reforms have had on single mother recipients in a geographical area of Southern Ontario. Through empirical research with sole support mothers receiving assistance, other welfare recipients, a variety of agencies' personnel, and the local county Social Services office employees, the phenomenon of the provincial welfare reform, called Ontario Works, is scrutinized. It is argued that the dominant new right hegemony in society promotes these reforms to supply cheap labour for the corporate sector. This ideology is analysed in detail and a counter-hegemony is offered in response. The praxis of a social justice organization's reaction to Ontario Works is also detailed. The aim of this work is to expose the myths surrounding the welfare reforms and single mother recipients, and offer some recommendations for change.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/20493
Date: 1998
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