November 1, 1999
Politics professor Gwendolyn Mink has edited a new book, Whose Welfare?
(Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1999), a critical response to welfare reform
that presents ten essays by scholar-activists, most of whom were mobilized to campaign
against the 1996 federal legislation.
The collection is divided into three sections that present historical perspectives
on contemporary welfare politics; the impacts of the new welfare law on women, particularly
women of color and low-wage workers; and a section devoted to visions of a just welfare
state that would promote the equality of women.
Among the contributors are: political scientist Frances Fox Piven, who has been
active in the welfare rights movement since the mid-1960s; Mimi Abramovitz, a professor
of social policy at the Hunter College School of Social Work; historian Rickie Solinger,
author of Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade;
Dorothy Roberts, professor of law at Northwestern University and author of Killing
the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty; and Lynn Fujiwara,
a recent UCSC graduate who earned her Ph.D. in sociology.
Gillian Greensite, director of Rape Prevention Education Program, authored one
of the major sections (titled "Historical, Psychological and Socio-cultural
Aspects of Sexual Assault") of the training manual Support For Survivors:
Training For Sexual Assault Counselors published in October 1999 by the California
Coalition Against Sexual Assault ( CALCASA). The manual has been distributed to rape
crisis centers and rape prevention education programs throughout California.