By Sanford F. Schram
Through focusing squarely at the cultural dimensions of social welfare coverage, Sanford Schram brilliantly illuminates contemporary turns in coverage and politics. Nor does he moderate the cloth for the symbolic. relatively he exhibits the shut connections among the cultural and fabric features of coverage. such a lot welcome of all, Schram's paintings is imbued with a unprecedented empathetic situation for the folk who're either the beneficiaries and sufferers of social welfare. --Frances Fox Piven, Graduate middle of the town collage of recent York
''If you will have a flesh-and-blood tale of the genuine agendas that lie in the back of policy-making within the age of tricky love, After Welfare is the simplest e-book at the subject. Schram's incisive disclose makes for stunning universal sense.'' --Andrew Ross, big apple collage
''This engagingly written ebook lays naked the ''dirty little secrets'' of a brand new order of social coverage, person who seashores up inequality by way of tapping into cultural reserves of race and gender prejudice whereas publicly providing a impartial face. Its strength derives from Schram's eloquence, his sharp wit, and his expertise for persuading the reader to scrutinize social coverage during the lens of social theory.'' --Lisa Disch, collage of Minnesota
''Sanford Schram's After Welfare is an exemplary blend of political thought, cultural critique, utilized coverage research and astute and complete mapping of the modern politics of welfare. it's going to interact a large readership in either academia and the coverage community.'' --Michael J. Shapiro, collage of Hawai'i
Do modern welfare regulations replicate the realities of the economic system and the wishes of these short of public tips, or are they in accordance with superseded and idealized notions of labor and kinfolk lifestyles?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 interpreting the present scenario to provide a revolutionary replacement he calls ''radical incrementalism,'' wherein activists might recreate a social defense web adapted to the categorical lifestyles conditions of these in desire. His provocative options comprise a sequence of courses geared toward transcending the present pernicious contrast among ''social insurance'' and ''public assistance'' for you to greater tackle the wishes of unmarried moms with young ones. Such courses may well contain ''divorce insurance'' or maybe a few kind of ''pregnancy insurance'' for ladies without technique of financial aid. through pushing for such courses, Schram argues, activists can make nice strides in the direction of attaining social justice, even in state-of-the-art reactionary weather.
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Contractual discourse does this by stealth as it silently privileges male whiteness while masquerading as liberal, neutral standards that androgynously treat everyone alike. This masquerade even allows those breaking their contract to be seen as honoring them, while welfare recipients must be held accountable to theirs. Women on welfare face new contractual obligations that often put their children at increased risk of not getting the financial support and parental attention they need. “Deadbeat dads,” on the other hand, though much talked about, will not be pursued quite as aggressively as some had hoped under the reforms stemming from the Contract with America.
Significantly, the law also required states to meet work quotas that mandated that by 1997 25 percent of the single mothers receiving aid be working twenty hours a week, and that by 2002 50 percent of them be working thirty hours a week. Recipients could not receive federally funded TANF assistance for more than two years unless they were participating in “work-related activities,” and they could not receive assistance for more than five years in a lifetime. They had to make the transition to paid employment within that time frame regardless of circumstances.
In this sense, personal responsibility is not a rational, coherent, objective, neutral idea so much as a culturally acquired, and culturally biased, understanding of what it means to be a person in a given social order. The Contemporary Welfare Policy Discourse of Personal Responsibility When placed within the context of contemporary welfare policy discourse, personal responsibility reflects even more specific ties to the liberal order. 20 In the economic register, welfare reform’s emphasis on personal responsibility is a reference to the idea of less government involvement in the lives of and less support for low-income families.
After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy by Sanford F. Schram