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Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (Chicago Studies in American Politics) Hardcover – November 30, 2011
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About the Author
Joe Soss is the Cowles Professor for the Study of Public Service in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Richard C. Fording is professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama. Sanford F. Schram teaches social theory and policy in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.
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p15"...welfare programs can promote just or unjust terms of exchange between employers and workers...programs...are designed to service the "low road" of capitalism by offering up labor on whatever terms the market will bear...Under the banner of "valuing work" we have constructed an aggressive work-enforcement system that rides roughshod over all countervailing values and willfully ignores the conditions of labor markets and poor people's lives."
p16 "neoliberal paternalism reduces citizenship to a market role and "de-democratizes" the citizenry in far reaching ways....it deepens the political marginality of the poor, channeling them into positions of civic inferiority and isolation...the values of work and responsibility are being used to justify surveillance practices, authority relations, and modes of civic positioning that are deeply anti-democratic."
p16 "multiple features of the new policy regime function as mechanisms of racial inequality."
p16 "Neoliberal and paternalist reforms...are failures on their own terms...systems...routinely turn out to be unwieldy and inefficient. Contracting arrangements...actually encourage scandals and corruption as they turn services for the poor into a corporate profit-making arena...The inspiring image of the welfare poor being moved into jobs that carry them out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency has borne little resemblance to what welfare program leavers actually experience.Read more ›