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 moderate the cloth for the symbolic. fairly he indicates the shut connections among the cultural and fabric elements of coverage. such a lot welcome of all, Schram's paintings is imbued with a unprecedented empathetic situation 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 have a flesh-and-blood tale of the genuine agendas that lie in the back of policy-making within the age of difficult love, After Welfare is the simplest ebook at the subject. Schram's incisive reveal makes for extraordinary 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, person who shorelines up inequality by means 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 in the course of the lens of social theory.'' --Lisa Disch, college of Minnesota
''Sanford Schram's After Welfare is an exemplary mixture of political idea, cultural critique, utilized coverage research and astute and accomplished mapping of the modern politics of welfare. it may interact a large readership in either academia and the coverage community.'' --Michael J. Shapiro, collage of Hawai'i
Do modern welfare guidelines replicate the realities of the financial system and the wishes of these wanting public information, or are they in response to outmoded 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 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 examining the present situation to supply a revolutionary replacement he calls ''radical incrementalism,'' wherein activists might recreate a social security web adapted to the explicit lifestyles conditions of these in want. His provocative ideas comprise a chain of courses geared toward transcending the existing pernicious contrast among ''social insurance'' and ''public assistance'' to be able to larger handle the wishes of unmarried moms with teenagers. Such courses may well comprise ''divorce insurance'' or perhaps a few kind of ''pregnancy insurance'' for girls without technique of monetary aid. by means of 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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For women on welfare this bind is intensified. In welfare, the discourse of personal responsibility neutrally applies a work test for two-parent families to the attempts by single mothers to achieve self-sufficiency. Neutral standards of personal responsibility—paid employment—ignore the fact that many single mothers want to work but find it difficult to do so. The jobs that suit their special circumstances may not be available; they may not pay enough to support a family; or they may require leaving young children at home without sufficient parental attention and adequate care.
Much of the resistance to women’s equality is grounded in a patriarchal ideology. 51 However, patriarchal ideology is no longer as dominant as it once was and today professional and nonprofessional white women can benefit from numerous opportunities for economic independence long denied them. Sexism is now often encountered in a new form—less ideological and more implicit, less the product of intent than the consequence of neglect. To varying degrees all women still confront a patriarchal ideology that promotes a conscious attempt to position them in subordinate social roles.
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. 74 Such problems with men do not invalidate them as contractual persons; but problems with women who have been deserted and left to raise children on their own do.