Year of Publication

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Joanna Badagliacco

Abstract

This thesis studies qualitative data to examine the lived experiences of Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) recipients in Appalachian Kentucky. This research suggests that PRWORA legislation utilize the importance of place-based analyses to implement and evaluate poverty policy. For women who are attempting to meet PRWORA’s goals, the local services available to the women and the barriers they face to employment highlight the role place has in this national policy discussion. Of the women interviewed, recipients who resided in economically distressed areas had fewer opportunities to participate in employment activities than women in at-risk or transitional areas. While many strived to transition from PRWORA aide to economic independence through education and employment, others sought to exit through disability insurance. Nevertheless, the women interviewed had adopted PRWORA’s goals of economic independence.

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