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'Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves': An investigation of the active resiliency of single mothers receiving Ontario Works

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Title: 'Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves': An investigation of the active resiliency of single mothers receiving Ontario Works
Author: Wilson, Ceilidh
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Shalla, Vivian
Abstract: This thesis adopts a feminist political economy perspective to explore the lived experiences of twelve single mother recipients of social assistance in the Hamilton area, examining the struggles they face as a result of their receipt of social assistance, as well as the coping mechanisms they employ to improve their families’ overall wellbeing. This thesis focuses on the various social and economic resources that these women utilize in their daily lives, as well as the strength and resiliency that is necessary to ensure the maintenance and survival of their families. The results suggest that, contrary to the common perceptions that single mother recipients of social assistance are lazy and unmotivated, these women work extremely hard to ameliorate their situation by calling upon their strength and resiliency to gain access to social capital and financial resources to offer the best possible life for themselves and their children despite the limited income provided by Ontario Works.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7608
Date: 2013-10


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