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For Whose Benefit? : The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform - Reprint by Ruth Patrick (Paperback)

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Patrick finds a relative absence of close and detailed interrogations of welfare reform as it is experienced over time, and addresses this gap in the research evidence, and provides a dynamic picture of the impact of welfare reform on individual lives as well. She follows a small group of claimants over time, exploring how processes of welfare reform shape individuals’ capacity to live in the present, reflect on their past(s), and plan for the future. Her interviews take place in the context of significant and potentially far-reaching changes to the social security landscape, citing that the term welfare has become increasingly used rather than social security. She finds it particularly damaging, since welfare was intended to convey a positive meaning, but has instead become reinforced as negative by the parallel import of the United States’ notion of ‘welfare dependency’ or a ‘dependency culture’, with its connotations of passivity, addiction and failure, in denial of dependency as a mark of the human condition. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Ruth Patrick
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2017
TCIN: 51893247
UPC: 9781447333487
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-0641
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