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Problem Family' Representations: the Construction of Intergenerational Disadvantage in Policy


Flanagan, K, Problem Family' Representations: the Construction of Intergenerational Disadvantage in Policy, Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age, Routledge, K Soldatic and L St Guillaume (ed), London, UK, pp. 11-27. ISBN 9780367675554 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781003131779


This book provides a rich synthesis of research and theory of nascent and emergent critically engaged work examining changing welfare structures, regimes and technologies and the social suffering that is generated in everyday lives.

By rigorously examining social security restructuring with the turn to austerity governance and its daily practices of managing, regulating and subordinating individuals, peoples and communities, this collection delineates the machinery of state power and logics designed to manage, contain and control the lives of some of the most poorest and marginalised citizens who are reliant on social welfare income payments. A core strength of the book is, first, its unpacking of austerity governance across diverse communities and, second, the elevation of community resistance and mobilisation against the very measures of austerity. Combined, the work maps out the logics of state power and everyday practices of embedded contestation and confrontation.

Using the case study of Australia to discuss sociolegal recategorisations, automation of welfare governance, technologies of policy design and delivery, conditionality and systems of penalisation, this book will be of interest to all scholars and students of sociology, critical theory, social policy, social work and disability studies, Indigenous studies and settler-colonialism.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:intergenerational disadvantage, 'problem' families, 'what's the problem represented to be'
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Social policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Flanagan, K (Dr Kathleen Flanagan)
ID Code:149221
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE200101182)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-03-17
Last Modified:2022-12-07

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