Jane Collins’ book wins distinguished awards

Community and Environmental Sociology Professor Jane Collins won two distinguished awards from the American Sociological Association for her recent book, Both Hands Tied,(co-authored with Victoria Mayer, University of Chicago Press, 2010). The publication took top honors in the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the ASA and also from the Poverty, Mobility and Inequality section.

Both Hands Tied studies the working poor in the United States, focusing in particular on the relation between welfare and low-wage earnings among working mothers. Grounded in the experience of thirty-three women living in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin, it tells the story of their struggle to balance child care and wage-earning in poorly paying and often state-funded jobs with inflexible schedules—and the moments when these jobs failed them and they turned to the state for additional aid. (University of Chicago Press)

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