Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the by Joe Soss

By Joe Soss

Disciplining the Poor explains the transformation of poverty governance during the last 40 years -- why it occurred, the way it works at the present time, and the way it impacts humans. within the technique, it clarifies the vital function of race during this transformation and develops a extra particular account of the way race shapes poverty governance within the post-civil rights period. Connecting welfare reform to different coverage advancements, the authors learn diversified types of info to explicate the racialized origins, operations, and effects of a brand new mode of poverty governance that's at the same time neoliberal -- grounded in industry ideas -- and paternalist -- fascinated with telling the terrible what's top for them. The research strains the rolling out of this new regime from the federal point, to the nation and county degrees, right down to the service-providing firms and frontline case employees who take disciplinary activities in person circumstances. the result's a compelling account of ways a neoliberal paternalist regime of poverty governance is disciplining the terrible this present day.

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In addition, the conservative focus on poverty governance emerged as a tactical response to the barriers the coalition confronted in other areas as it tried to reform the activist state. Even as Republicans gained control of elected offices, conservatives found that the state’s expanded capacity and reach could not be easily repealed (Pierson 2007). S. political system, which had often thwarted efforts to expand the welfare state, now allowed retreating liberals to block efforts to dismantle it (Noble 1997).

S. politics. Their focus on poverty governance reflected the political utility of the “disorderly poor” as a vehicle for advancing their broader ambitions. Their outsized effects t he r ise of n eol iber a l pat er na l ism • 29 in this area reflected the political vulnerability of the poor and the weaknesses and choices of their opponents in this domain. By the end of the turbulent 1960s, social movements had combined with Democratic Party control to fundamentally reshape the United States. The old racial order was upended, gender relations were recast, and new sexual and reproductive freedoms were reshaping the social landscape (King and Smith 2005; A.

As conservatives and business interests mobilized, they sought more than just immediate policy victories. Adopting a longer view, they invested in efforts to transform the intellectual and organizational landscape of American politics. Corporations and wealthy conservatives, such as Richard Mellon Scaife, poured millions of dollars into the creation of new organizations (think tanks, foundations, and academic societies) designed to shift the terms of political debate and discredit Keynesian uses of the state.

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