Jennifer M. Randles

Jennifer M. Randles
California State University, Fresno | Fresno State · Department of Sociology

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To use racial stratification and intersectional family justice frameworks to analyze experiences of and efforts to address diaper need. One in three American families with infants and toddlers struggles with insufficient access to diapers, which can have negative social, physical, and economic implications for family well‐being. Prior research has...
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Prior research highlights how mothers across social classes express similar beliefs that good parenting adheres to the tenets of intensive mothering by being child-centered, time-consuming, and self-sacrificing. Yet intensive mothering ideologies emphasize parenting tactics that assume children’s basic needs are met, while ignoring how mothers in p...
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The objective of this study was to analyze how marginalized men's coparenting perspectives and experiences shaped their engagement with a responsible fatherhood program (RFP). Previous studies of fathers enrolled in RFPs found that their coparenting relationships have both positive and negative components and that program participation is associate...
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To understand how low‐income men's views of paternal responsibility shape their engagement with fatherhood program messages and services. Research on the situated contexts of fathering has found that the social and symbolic dimensions of fathering spaces influence how men construct and enact fatherhood scripts. Qualitative studies of fatherhood pro...
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Drawing on in-depth interviews and focus groups with 64 poor men of color, this article analyzes how a U.S. federally funded “responsible fatherhood” program transmitted a discourse of paternal essentiality, claiming that fathers as masculine role models uniquely contribute to child development. It reveals how, despite lack of evidence that fathers...
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This chapter summarizes the state of research and theory on how social policies related to family life in the United States reflect and reinforce the gender structure. First, I discuss how feminist theories of social policy explain how gender ideologies and inequalities influence the policy-making process and policy implementation. I then summarize...
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Drawing on theories of masculinities, I analyze how a U.S. government funded “responsible fatherhood” program utilized a political discourse of hybrid masculinity to shape disadvantaged men’s ideas of successful fathering. Using data from three sources that uniquely traces how this discourse traveled from policy to program implementation—including...
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Responsible fatherhood programs are the rare issue that can boast decade of bipartisan support, and interviews reveal the unintended yet powerful lessons they impart
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Since 2000, U.S. federal and state governments have devoted almost $1 billion to marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs that teach the skills and attitudes associated with satisfying, long-term marriages. While advocates argue that MRE is an effective way to counter the negative social outcomes resulting from marital decline, critics co...
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jennifer randles on diaper need, a truly shitty situation.
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Promoting work and marriage were primary aims of the 1996 welfare reform bill, yet implementation of these dual goals has not been analyzed comparatively. In analyzing our respective ethnographic data from government-funded work and marriage classes, we identified similarities in the programs’ focus on teaching the cognitive and emotional skills pr...
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Many scholars, policymakers, and pundits argue that a family crisis exists because most people now deviate from traditional family formation patterns that put lifelong marriage at the center of family and social life. Excessive individualism is blamed for undermining marriage as a social institution. Compared to mid-twentieth-century family trends,...
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The marriage movement arose in the late 1990s in the United States out of growing concern over trends in marriage and its steady decline, rising rates of divorce, cohabitation and nonmarital childbearing, and debates over same-sex marriage. Its activities and organizations include faith-based, proheterosexual and antigay marriage campaigns; covenan...
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In 2002, the United States federal government created the Healthy Marriage Initiative, a policy that has distributed almost $1 billion in welfare money to marriage education programs. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in classes for a purposive sample of 20 government-approved marriage education programs and textual analysis of more than 3,000 page...
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Since the mid-1990s, the federal government has funded numerous relationship skills programs, including some specifically targeting low-income, unmarried parents, in an effort to strengthen couples’ relationships and increase family stability. The previous research on the effectiveness of these interventions has revealed mixed results about whether...
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In the 1996 overhaul of federal welfare legislation, Congress included provisions to promote employment, marriage, and responsible fatherhood to prevent poverty among low-income families. Little previous research has focused on how marriage promotion policies construct paternal identity. Drawing on data from an 18-month study of a federally funded...
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In recent years, policy efforts to alleviate poverty have focused on marriage and relationship education. Orit Avishai’s, Melanie Heath’s,and Jennifer Randles’s research finds that efforts to address poverty via relationship skills training are misguided because this approach does not address the structural causes of poverty.
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In 1996, Congress overhauled welfare policy to promote marriage and work as ways to lift American families out of poverty. Almost all of the funding for governmental marriage promotion has been devoted to relationship skills programs intended to help couples strengthen their relationships, encourage them to marry, and thereby prevent poverty. Marri...
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In this article, we use three case studies of conservative field sites to consider the dilemma faced when feminist analytic perspectives clash with observations. We note that feminism can operate as a blinder, limiting our ability to see and interpret empirical realities that do not conform with feminist expectations. Using our research on orthodox...

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This is a book manuscript on low-income men's experiences in a state-funded responsible fatherhood program.