By Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording

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 procedure, it clarifies the vital position of race during this transformation and develops a extra designated account of ways race shapes poverty governance within the post–civil rights period. Connecting welfare reform to different coverage advancements, the authors study different different types 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 principles—and paternalist—focused on telling the negative what's top for them. The learn strains the method of rolling out the recent regime from the federal point, to the nation and county point, all the way down to the variations in methods frontline case staff 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 today.

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