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If I Had a Hammer
Retraining That Really Works
Margaret Little  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 3/15/2005
ISBN: 9780774811187    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2005
ISBN: 9780774811194    

192 Pages


About the Book

This book is about poor women, many of them single mothers, Aboriginal, or both, who have defied the odds to become apprenticing carpenters. To do so they have juggled child-care schedules, left abusive partners, and kicked drug habits to participate in a unique intensive retraining program. Through the voices of the women participants and their instructors Little analyzes the program to reveal the struggles and triumphs of low-income women. She demonstrates that there is a desperate need for retraining programs that provide real opportunities for economic independence. She also argues that, in an era of workfare and time-limited welfare, such programs are an effective strategy for welfare reform.

About the Author(s)

Margaret Hillyard Little is an anti-poverty activist who teaches in Political Studies and Women’s Studies at Queen’s University.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction
2 Laying the Foundation
3 The Everyday Lives of Our Heroes
4 From Blueprint to Reality: Challenges at the Job Site
5 Measuring Success
6 "A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out": Let’s Get Serious About Retraining

Selected Bibliography


“An outstanding book. It will be widely used by those interested in the welfare state and labour market issues, as well those in urban Aboriginal studies, where it has much to say that is very valuable.”
—Jim Silver, Chair of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba

Sample Chapter


Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
Native Studies > Canada
Social Work
Public Policy
Women's Studies

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