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

Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI:
The Welfare System: Regulations and the Life of a Welfare Recipient

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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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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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