The special issue focuses on the impact of antipoverty measures—accounting for social and
structural dimensions in the poverty experience and moving beyond an income-only
focus—in five country cases: China, India, Norway, Uganda, and the United States.
Particularly, we focus on the implications of shame in the delivery of antipoverty measures,
as an individual and social phenomenon that relates to feelings of self-inadequacy, as well to
a lack of dignity and recognition. We analyze delivery interactions through an analytic
framework of rights, discretion and negotiation, as this enables us to parse out how policy
delivery interactions presumed or enabled individual choice, ability, control, and voice. We
suggest social citizenship can structure the relationships between welfare recipients and
administrators. As a concept, it expands the objects of social rights beyond the materiality
of human life (e.g., housing, pensions) to include intangible processual elements (e.g.,
dignity) in the construct of rights.
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