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All her life, Sugar Turner has had to hustle to survive. An African American woman living in the inner city, she has been a single mother juggling welfare checks, food stamps, boyfriends and husbands, illegal jobs, and home businesses to make ends me… weiterlesen
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Titel: Sugar's Life in the Hood: The Story of a Former Welfare Mother
Autor/en: Sugar Turner, Tracy Bachrach Ehlers

ISBN: 0292701950
EAN: 9780292701953
Empfohlen von 14 bis 18 Jahren.
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV OF TEXAS PR

September 2003 - kartoniert - 243 Seiten

Beschreibung

All her life, Sugar Turner has had to hustle to survive. An African American woman living in the inner city, she has been a single mother juggling welfare checks, food stamps, boyfriends and husbands, illegal jobs, and home businesses to make ends meet for herself and her five children. Her life's path has also wandered through the wilderness of crack addiction and prostitution, but her strong faith in God and her willingness to work hard for a better life pulled her through. Today, Turner is off welfare and is completing her education. She is computer literate, holds a job in the local school system, has sent three of her children to college, and is happily married. In this engrossing book, Sugar Turner collaborates with anthropologist Tracy Bachrach Ehlers in telling her story. Through conversations with Ehlers, diary entries, and letters, Turner vividly and openly describes all aspects of her life, including motherhood, relationships with men, welfare and work, and her attachment to her friends, family, and life in the "hood." Ehlers also gives her reactions to Turner's story, discussing not only how it belies the "welfare queen" stereotype, but also how it forced her to confront her own lingering confusions about race, her own bigotry. What emerges from this book is a fascinating story of two women from radically different backgrounds becoming equal witnesses to each other's lives. By allowing us into the real world of an inner-city African American mother, they replace with compassion and insight the stereotypes, half-truths, and scorn that too often dominate public discourse.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Foreword by Molly Ivins; Sugar's Preface; Sugar's Shouts; Tracy's Acknowledgments; Tracy's Introduction Chapter One: The List of Men Chapter Two: The Hustle: Welfare and Work Chapter Three: The Mr. Lester Chronicles Chapter Four: Mother, Daughter, Sister, Woman Chapter Five: Feeling Blessed Epilogue

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"The phrase welfare mother appears regularly in newspaper articles and is heard frequently on television news programs. This book provides a much-needed context for that all-too-common expression. . . . Inspirational is a much overused term, but it applies here. It's impossible to read this book and not develop an intense respect and admiration for the author. A moving look at the welfare life and a powerful testament to one woman's strength and resilience."
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