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The State, Legal Rigor, and the Poor

The Daily Practice of Welfare Control

Vincent Dubois

This article focuses on the means by which the state controls welfare recipients in France. The paradox of these actions, which are made in the name of legal rigor but are characterized by ambivalence and the discretionary power of grassroots agents, reveals the broader functioning of a government over the poor. These actions are based on the combination of a multitude of individual relationships, which, although unevenly coordinated, derive from the structural rationale of the post-welfare era. Individualization and uncertainty signal not so much a disaggregation of the state as a consistent mode of governance in which discretion and leeway accorded to street-level bureaucrats are necessary for the state to exert power over citizens' behaviors.

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Antipoverty Measures

The Potential for Shaming and Dignity Building through Delivery Interactions

Erika Gubrium and Sony Pellissery

in this special issue, how social citizenship has the potential to structure the relationships between welfare recipients and administrators in the framework of rights, discretion, and negotiations. As a concept, social citizenship transcends

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Andrew Lattas, Anni Kajanus and Naomi Haynes

punishment so as to control and produce the desires, motives, and beliefs of welfare recipients. Along with the increased impoverishment of the poor, neo-liberalism has promoted processes of rapid wealth concentration. This has transformed cities that have

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Incipient “commoning” in defense of the public?

Competing varieties of fiscal citizenship in tax- and spending-related direct democracy

Sandra Morgen and Jennifer Erickson

the private over the public (sectors), and promised an era of greater prosperity through deregulation and free trade ( Morgen 2006 ). The tax politics of the Right juxtaposed the “hard-working” taxpayer with demonized tax “others,” including welfare

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Sharing Images, Spoiling Meanings?

Class, Gender, and Ethics in Visual Research with Girls

Janet Fink and Helen Lomax

experiences of social exclusion amongst children and young people of poorer families in receipt of benefits. Nevertheless there is a widespread belief that welfare recipients are “scroungers” ( ComRes 2012 : n.p.) or “skivers” ( Valentine and Harris 2014: 87

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A New Blue-Collar Force

The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class

Philipp Adorf

funds to pay for the needs of the deserving welfare recipients. This mixture of anti-immigrant and pro-welfare rhetoric has yielded a degree of success for the populist radical right among the (white or native) working class 4 in particular

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Making the State Blush

Humanizing Relations in an Australian NGO Campaign for People Seeking Asylum

Tess Altman

Ethnography . Oakland, CA : AK Press . Gunders , Lisa . 2012 . “ Immoral and Un-Australian: The Discursive Exclusion of Welfare Recipients .” Critical Discourse Studies 9 ( 1 ): 1 – 13 . Gupta , Akhil . 1995 . “ Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of