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 this day, and the way it impacts humans. within the technique, it clarifies the critical function of race during this transformation and develops a extra exact account of ways race shapes poverty governance within the post-civil rights period. Connecting welfare reform to different coverage advancements, the authors study different sorts of facts to explicate the racialized origins, operations, and results of a brand new mode of poverty governance that's concurrently neoliberal -- grounded in marketplace rules -- and paternalist -- all for telling the terrible what's top for them. The examine strains the rolling out of this new regime from the federal point, to the kingdom and county degrees, right down to the service-providing corporations and frontline case employees who take disciplinary activities in person instances. the result's a compelling account of the way a neoliberal paternalist regime of poverty governance is disciplining the bad 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gained control of elected offices, conservatives found that the state’s expanded capacity and reach could not be easily repealed (Pierson 2007).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).

Brown 2003). Of course, depoliticizing socially produced harms by framing them as personal matters is nothing new. Under neoliberalism, however, this old dynamic is set in motion and given greater reach through the broad application of a market frame. The default assumption is that the problems of the person are products of individual choice best resolved through individual efforts to seek solutions. Second, this formulation turns efforts to promote disciplined entrepreneurial behavior into a primary task of governance in a free society.

Thus, the new paternalism seeks policy arrangements that enforce a more appropriate “operational definition of citizenship” by making the extension of social rights conditional on the fulfillment of social obligations (Mead 1986). The poor are subjected to directive and supervisory governance not just for their own good, but equally for the good of society and democracy. Second, the new paternalism emerged in the late twentieth century as a species of the political movement known as neoconservatism.

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