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Changing Women: An Ethnographic Study of Homeless Mothers and Popular Education
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
  • Lorna Rivera, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Publication Date
2003
Abstract
This article discusses ethnographic research conducted between 1995 and 1998 that studied the impact of popular education on the lives of fifty homeless and formerly homeless mothers. Data collection involved indepth interviews and participant observation in a family shelter located in one of Boston's poorest neighborhoods. The article argues that popular education increased the women's self-esteem, they were inspired to help other low-income women, they learned to advocate for their rights and they became more involved in their children's education. The findings suggest that popular education can best address the academic, personal, and community goals of very poor women.
Citation Information
Lorna Rivera. "Changing Women: An Ethnographic Study of Homeless Mothers and Popular Education" (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lorna_rivera/13/