Don’t Call Us Out of Name

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Don't Call Us Out of Name by Lisa Dodson
Paperback $22.00

Sep 25, 1999 | 272 Pages

  • Paperback $22.00

    Sep 25, 1999 | 272 Pages


Dodson’s book is a formidable deconstruction of the rhetoric behind the widely believed myth that poor young women and girls enjoy their plight as denizens of the nation’s economic underbelly. She allows the women and girls to show, sometimes in profane vernacular, that they are less abusers of the system they find themselves trying to navigate than the victims of its failings. –Zachary R. Dowdy, The Boston Globe

“The powerful stories of the poor women in this book brilliantly convey the experiences and challenges of living in and coping with poverty.” –William Julius Wilson

Don’t Call Us Out of Name is absolutely required reading for anyone concerned about the lives of poor women in post-welfare America. Fortunately, it is also deeply absorbing reading-wise, compassionate, and glowing with the dramas of real women’s struggles and lives.” –Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War and Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

“Lisa Dodson’s penetrating probe of the everyday realities of girls’ and women’s lives in poor America reveals new pathways of understanding that will be vital in helping us to rethink our societal approaches to strengthening family life in the 21st century.” –Melissa Ludtke, author of On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America

“Wisely and deftly, Lisa Dodson helps these women to tell their own stories. We learn about the lives of people struggling against the odds to be caring and capable, at moments despairing, but with enormous reservoirs of endurance, courage and defiance. This book is a welcome antidote to the vilification of poor women that has characterized American politics.” –Frances Fox Piven, author of Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare

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