New PDF release: Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the

By Joe Soss

ISBN-10: 0226768775

ISBN-13: 9780226768779

Disciplining the Poor explains the transformation of poverty governance over 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 significant position of race during this transformation and develops a extra exact account of the way race shapes poverty governance within the post-civil rights period. Connecting welfare reform to different coverage advancements, the authors research diversified different types of information to explicate the racialized origins, operations, and effects of a brand new mode of poverty governance that's concurrently neoliberal -- grounded in marketplace rules -- and paternalist -- fascinated by telling the terrible what's top for them. The learn strains the rolling out of this new regime from the federal point, to the nation and county degrees, right down to the service-providing enterprises and frontline case employees who take disciplinary activities in person situations. the result's a compelling account of the way a neoliberal paternalist regime of poverty governance is disciplining the negative this present day.

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Neoconservatives, who began as disaffected liberals opposing communism, developed a broader agenda for using the American state to combat declining social order and moral restraint (Norton 2004). Racial conservatives, galvanized by civil rights victories, began to pursue a “law and order” campaign that identified social protest, civil disobedience, urban riots, street crime, and deviant behaviors in poor neighborhoods as related parts of a single problem: the breakdown of social order (V. Weaver 2007; J.

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. In the legal arena, they funded the rise of the Federalist Society and the law and economics movement (Teles 2008). More broadly, their investments produced a right-wing revolution in policy-focused think tanks (Rich 2004).

1999). Similarly, since 1979 federal rules have promoted prison labor by allowing the sale, interstate commerce, and international export of goods made by prisoners. S. Department of Justice 2009). Over the same period, cheap prison labor was increasingly contracted to for-profit firms, with private prison operators such as CCA also profiting directly by using prisoners as maintenance workers (Kang 2009). Under paternalism, work promotion has been accompanied by dramatic increases in procedures for monitoring and documenting poor people’s behavior.

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