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Researcher Explores Sustainable Ties Among the Poor

Researcher Explores Sustainable Ties Among the Poor

Through her extensive research, Joan Mazelis, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University–Camden, has discovered further evidence of non-kin social ties among the poor with greater longevity than disposable ties. Focusing on the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in Philadelphia, she found that these bonds are based on a mutual understanding of support, often take on familial roles, and function according to set norms of reciprocity.