By Sanford F. Schram
Through 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 fabric for the symbolic. relatively he exhibits the shut connections among the cultural and fabric facets of coverage. so much welcome of all, Schram's paintings is imbued with an extraordinary empathetic main issue for the folk who're either the beneficiaries and sufferers of social welfare. --Frances Fox Piven, Graduate heart of town collage of recent York
''If you will have a flesh-and-blood tale of the true agendas that lie at the back of policy-making within the age of tricky love, After Welfare is the easiest e-book at the subject. Schram's incisive divulge makes for extraordinary universal sense.'' --Andrew Ross, long island collage
''This engagingly written booklet lays naked the ''dirty little secrets'' of a brand new order of social coverage, person who seashores up inequality through tapping into cultural reserves of race and gender prejudice whereas publicly proposing a impartial face. Its strength derives from Schram's eloquence, his sharp wit, and his expertise for persuading the reader to scrutinize social coverage in the course of the lens of social theory.'' --Lisa Disch, collage of Minnesota
''Sanford Schram's After Welfare is an exemplary mixture of political conception, cultural critique, utilized coverage research and astute and finished mapping of the modern politics of welfare. it may interact a large readership in either academia and the coverage community.'' --Michael J. Shapiro, college of Hawai'i
Do modern welfare rules mirror the realities of the economic climate and the desires of these wanting public tips, or are they in response to superseded and idealized notions of labor and family members existence? 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 interpreting the present scenario to supply 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 existing pernicious contrast among ''social insurance'' and ''public assistance'' on the way to larger handle the wishes of unmarried moms with little ones. Such courses may well contain ''divorce insurance'' or perhaps a few type of ''pregnancy insurance'' for girls without technique of fiscal aid. via pushing for such courses, Schram argues, activists can make nice strides in the direction of reaching social justice, even in latest reactionary weather.
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7 This tunnel vision does not bode well for single mothers on welfare. It devalues mothering. 8 Fin de siècle welfare policy discourse sounds neutral but it often fails to account for the work-related disadvantages posed by class, race, and gender, especially for single mothers. Insisting on “personal responsibility” therefore risks reinforcing the tendencies already built into welfare to stigmatize, demonize, and even criminalize poor single mothers. After discussing how “personal responsibility” becomes a site for encoding cultural biases, I make explicit the specific mechanisms by which this transmission occurs.
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. Therefore, the idea of contract in the system of social provision is designed primarily to reinforce the social conditions necessary for contractual relations in the existing political and economic order.
36 | Where the Welfare Queen Resides Working for Equal Citizenship Mead in particular is explicit that the well-being of the social order is contingent on universal work norms being imposed on all adult citizens other than the disabled. ” In exchange, they will receive the reduced benefits of welfare— but only temporarily, until they start to work and become part of the competent class. ” This new transformed “personal responsibility” must be enforced if the existing political economy is to survive.
After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy by Sanford F. Schram