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Remaking the relations of work and welfare
How do ‘welfare to work’ programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape...
How do ‘welfare to work’ programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives? This unit looks at how participation in, and drop-out from, ‘workfare’ programmes are interpreted within different theoretical perspectives, and uses two case studies to connect the theory with the reality of people's lives.
By the end of this unit you will be able to:
- outline the ways in which the relations between work and welfare are made and remade in different places and at different times;
- explain how these changing relations contribute to constituting welfare subjects;
- describe how welfare provision that is connected to work affects the lives of different welfare subjects in different and unequal ways;
- assess the relative influences and effects of the economic, developmental and social purposes of welfare programmes based on work;
- identify appropriate evidence for assessing such programmes, and make a critical evaluation of it;
- describe the different ways in which a range of theoretical frameworks make sense of work-based welfare and interpret and assess evidence about it;
- think critically about these theoretical frameworks and their respective capacities to explain, justify or criticise work-based welfare.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Welfare, work and social policy: an overview
- 2 The contingent relations of welfare and work: from workhouse to workfare?
- 3 Personal agency, participation and refusal: gathering evidence
- 4 An auditor reports
- 5 Personal Advisers, personal lives
- 6 A short biography of Mandy: comparing theories about work and welfare
- 7 Workfare lives: evaluating theories
- 8 Further resources
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Originally published: Wednesday, 13th July 2011
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