TANF and the End (Maybe?) of Poor Men
19 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2015 Last revised: 15 Aug 2015
Date Written: May 1, 2013
According to Hanna Rosin, men are ending. Men are coming to an end not because they are dying from some strange and tragic cause at rates that are exceeding those of women; neither are men ending because boys are not being born anymore. No, men are very much alive; instead, in Rosin’s reading, they are losing their status as the dominant sex. This loss of dominance is that to which the “end of men” refers. This Essay asks the question: how does the Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) program approach men’s end? Does TANF, like the Moynihan Report, pathologize the phenomenon? Or, does it, like Rosin and other pundits, merely approach it as nothing more than an interesting datum – a fact that one accepts more than one criticizes or laments? Alternately, does it disbelieve that men are ending altogether?
Keywords: Hanna Rosin, end of men, TANF, PRWORA, welfare, Moynihan Report
JEL Classification: K19, K39
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