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Policing welfare : punitive adversarialism in public assistance

Author: Spencer Headworth
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Government assistance in the United States requires that recipients meet certain criteria and continue to maintain their eligibility so that benefits are paid to the "truly needy." Welfare is regarded with such suspicion in this country that considerable resources are spent to police the boundaries of eligibility. Even minor infractions of the many rules can cause people to be dropped from these programs. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Headworth, Spencer
Policing Welfare
Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2021
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Spencer Headworth
ISBN: 022677953X 9780226779539
OCLC Number: 1247659638
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (304 pages)
Contents: The strings attached --
One nation, finding fraud --
The mill and the grist --
The welfare police --
Occupational frames and identities in fraud control work --
Fraud control as performance --
The blame game --
Finding welfare rule violators --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Spencer Headworth.
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"Government assistance in the United States requires that recipients meet certain criteria and continue to maintain their eligibility so that benefits are paid to the "truly needy." Welfare is regarded with such suspicion in this country that considerable resources are spent to police the boundaries of eligibility. Even minor infractions of the many rules can cause people to be dropped from these programs. In this book Spencer Headworth gives us the first study of the structure of fraud control in the welfare system, the relations between different levels of governmental agencies, from federal to local, and their enforcement practices. Policing Welfare shows how the enforcement regime of welfare is trained on those living in poverty furthering their stigmatization and often deepening racial disparities in our society"--

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"This highly original, insightful, and carefully researched book takes us into the inner workings of welfare fraud investigation units, revealing how the obsessions of policymakers with rooting out Read more...

 
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