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Norman StreetPoverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood, Updated Edition$
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Ida Susser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367317.001.0001

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The Welfare System: Regulations and the Life of a Welfare Recipient

The Welfare System: Regulations and the Life of a Welfare Recipient

(p.125) Chapter 5 The Welfare System: Regulations and the Life of a Welfare Recipient
Norman Street

Ida Susser

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the problems and attitudes which welfare regulations generated among clients. Bureaucratic delay, combined with stringent regulations, shaped the behavior of clients. Such influences were not always in the direction intended by the regulations. The conjunction of regulations for welfare assistance with the varied and complicated lives of recipients led to a system which did not correspond either to the explicit requirements of the New York State Department of Social Services or to the needs of poor people. This lack of correspondence contributed to the sense of fear and insecurity among low-income working-class people which was fostered both by the uncertain employment situation and by landlord-tenant relations. Each of these situations affected the development and effectiveness of efforts toward political articulation.

Keywords:   welfare assistance, welfare regulations, low-income people, working class, landlord-tenant relations, insecurity

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