By Sanford F. Schram
Via focusing squarely at the cultural dimensions of social welfare coverage, Sanford Schram brilliantly illuminates contemporary turns in coverage and politics. Nor does he mild the fabric for the symbolic. quite he indicates 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 crisis for the folks who're either the beneficiaries and sufferers of social welfare. --Frances Fox Piven, Graduate heart of the town college of latest York
''If you will want 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 simplest booklet at the subject. Schram's incisive reveal makes for stunning universal sense.'' --Andrew Ross, manhattan collage
''This engagingly written e-book lays naked the ''dirty little secrets'' of a brand new order of social coverage, one who beaches up inequality through tapping into cultural reserves of race and gender prejudice whereas publicly offering a impartial face. Its strength 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, collage of Minnesota
''Sanford Schram's After Welfare is an exemplary blend of political conception, 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 rules mirror the realities of the financial system and the desires of these wanting public counsel, or are they in accordance with outmoded and idealized notions of labor and family members lifestyles? Are we're relocating from a ''war on poverty'' to a ''war opposed to the poor?'' during this critique of yank 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 innovative substitute he calls ''radical incrementalism,'' wherein activists may recreate a social protection internet adapted to the categorical existence situations of these in want. His provocative suggestions comprise a sequence of courses aimed toward transcending the existing pernicious contrast among ''social insurance'' and ''public assistance'' which will greater tackle the desires of unmarried moms with young ones. Such courses may well comprise ''divorce insurance'' or maybe a few kind of ''pregnancy insurance'' for girls without technique of fiscal help. through pushing for such courses, Schram argues, activists can make nice strides in the direction of attaining social justice, even in modern day reactionary weather.
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Needs beyond this regime are considered extraneous. Paradoxically this creates real gaps in the system’s assistance to its main beneficiaries—single women with children. ”62 The JAT defines women as deficient and in need of treatment and rehabilitation so that they can better fill the gendered role positions of wife and mother that society has slated for them. This often means encouraging all women on welfare—who usually receive low benefits under demeaning conditions—to think about getting married, and failing that, of working in the paid-labor market, even in the face of consequent loss of child care, health benefits, and other social supports.
We see this most especially when we turn to the way “personal responsibility” is administered by welfare agencies. The welfare queen is needed both to delegitimize welfare use by single mothers and to perpetuate the ideal of 30 | Where the Welfare Queen Resides the traditional two-parent family and the maintenance of the family-wage system. 11 States can set stricter requirements. 12 The social contract is thus being rewritten to help buttress the increasingly beleaguered family-wage system. 13 Instead of confronting the postindustrial collapse of economic opportunities for working families at the lower end of the socioeconomic structure, welfare reform tries to deny that collapse.
The reformers ostensibly want to save the family but they have chosen to do so by requiring single mothers to work because the women are available. Because women need to rely on welfare when the men do not support the family sufficiently, they become convenient targets. Their greater availability is a sign of their vulnerability, which often stems from their being left to care for the children. They are more vulnerable to state regulation than men. Requiring them to work and limiting their access to welfare sends the signal that traditional families rather than welfare should be responsible for caring for children.