Welfare conditionality and social marginality: the folly of the tutelary state?

FLETCHER, Del and FLINT, John (2018). Welfare conditionality and social marginality: the folly of the tutelary state? Critical Social Policy, 38 (4), 771-791.

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    Abstract

    In a contemporarnb 1`vby evolution of the tutelary state, welfare reform in the United Kingdom has been characterised by moves towards greater conditionality and sanctioning. This is influenced by the attributing responsibility for poverty and unemployment to the behaviour of marginalised individuals. Mead (1992) has argued that the poor are dependants who ought to receive support on condition of certain restrictions imposed by a protective state that will incentivise engagement with support mechanisms. This article examines how the contemporary tutelary and therapeutic state has responded to new forms of social marginality. Drawing on a series of in-depth interviews conducted with welfare claimants with an offending background in England and Scotland, the article examines their encounters with the welfare system and argues that alienation, rather than engagement with support, increasingly characterises their experiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: alienation; conditionality; welfare; tutelary state
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018317753088
    Page Range: 771-791
    Depositing User: Sarah Ward
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 13:24
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 10:52
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18400

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