For Whose Benefit?: The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform

For Whose Benefit?: The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform

by Ruth Patrick


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For Whose Benefit?: The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform by Ruth Patrick

Welfare reform in the United Kingdom has been underway for years now, but there has been little reflection on how it has been experienced and thought about by the people who are directly affected by it. This book draws on extended, repeat interviews with single parents, disabled people, and young job seekers to consider how they experience the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and whether the welfare state still offers meaningful protection and security for those who rely on it. This analysis enables the author to highlight the gap between the lived experience of welfare and the policy rhetoric surrounding it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447333487
Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ruth Patrick is a secondary analyst in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures vi

Glossary vii

Notes on author viii

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett xi

Introduction: Beyond Benefits Street - exploring experiences and narratives of welfare reform 1

1 Social citizenship from above 15

2 The emergence of a framing consensus on 'welfare' 35

3 The everyday realities of out-of-work benefits receipt 57

4 Is welfare-to-work working? Relationships with work over time 87

5 Ending welfare dependency? Experiencing welfare reform 117

6 Scroungerphobia: living with the stigma of benefits 145

7 Diverse trajectories between 2011 and 2016 171

Conclusion: social insecurity and 'welfare' 195

References 221

Index 249

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