After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy by Sanford F. Schram

By Sanford F. Schram

Via focusing squarely at the cultural dimensions of social welfare coverage, Sanford Schram brilliantly illuminates fresh turns in coverage and politics. Nor does he mild the cloth for the symbolic. relatively he exhibits the shut connections among the cultural and fabric elements of coverage. so much welcome of all, Schram's paintings is imbued with a unprecedented empathetic quandary for the folk who're either the beneficiaries and sufferers of social welfare. --Frances Fox Piven, Graduate heart of town college of recent York

''If you will have a flesh-and-blood tale of the true agendas that lie in the back of policy-making within the age of difficult love, After Welfare is the simplest booklet at the subject. Schram's incisive divulge makes for miraculous universal sense.'' --Andrew Ross, ny college

''This engagingly written e-book lays naked the ''dirty little secrets'' of a brand new order of social coverage, one who seashores up inequality by means of tapping into cultural reserves of race and gender prejudice whereas publicly featuring a impartial face. Its energy derives from Schram's eloquence, his sharp wit, and his expertise for persuading the reader to scrutinize social coverage throughout the lens of social theory.'' --Lisa Disch, college of Minnesota

''Sanford Schram's After Welfare is an exemplary mixture of political thought, cultural critique, utilized coverage research and astute and accomplished mapping of the modern politics of welfare. it's going to have interaction a large readership in either academia and the coverage community.'' --Michael J. Shapiro, college of Hawai'i

Do modern welfare regulations replicate the realities of the economic climate and the desires of these wanting public counsel, or are they in keeping with superseded and idealized notions of labor and relations lifestyles? Are we're relocating from a ''war on poverty'' to a ''war opposed to the poor?'' during this critique of yankee social welfare coverage, Sanford F. Schram explores the cultural anxieties over the putatively deteriorating ''American paintings ethic,'' and the category, race, sexual and gender biases on the root of present coverage and debates.

Schram is going past studying the present situation to provide a innovative substitute he calls ''radical incrementalism,'' wherein activists might recreate a social safeguard internet adapted to the categorical lifestyles situations of these in want. His provocative innovations comprise a chain of courses aimed toward transcending the present pernicious contrast among ''social insurance'' and ''public assistance'' on the way to larger tackle the wishes of unmarried moms with teenagers. Such courses might contain ''divorce insurance'' or perhaps a few kind of ''pregnancy insurance'' for ladies with out technique of financial help. by means of pushing for such courses, Schram argues, activists can make nice strides in the direction of reaching social justice, even in state-of-the-art reactionary weather.

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Conclusion It may be time to reconsider the unnecessary violence done in the name of regimenting people in the contractual society. The idea of a social contract has been an important one for building the welfare state. Yet the terms of contract have historically been exclusionary and it has been necessary to continually reconsider how they have marginalized people who are considered unqualified to participate in the agreement. In good part, this is because historically “the people” have been party to the social contract in theory only.

56 Unfortunately “routine expectations” have come to involve applying standards for the privileged to the disadvantaged. Single mothers must act as if they are heads of traditional two-parent families. 57 The Contractual Self in the Family-Wage System In welfare, the social contract has changed to being an enforcement device designed to instill “personal responsibility” by exchanging public assistance for a commitment to becoming “self-sufficient,” largely construed to mean taking paid employment.

37 Mead understands that the political economy of citizenship is culturally constituted. To be a citizen is not to assume some disembodied position in the political order, or to be a universal subject evaluated according to neutral standards of justice. It is to be a political being within an economic order. It is to assume a culturally encoded subject position reflective of the Where the Welfare Queen Resides | 37 biases of the existing political economy. Mead understands that the culture war has implications for the political economy and has sought to have these implications registered in the battle over citizen entitlements.

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