Cheating Welfare Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty
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Description: Over the last three decades, welfare policies have been informed by popular beliefs that welfare fraud is rampant. As a result, welfare policies have become more punitive and the boundaries between the welfare system and the criminal justice system have blurred—so much so that in some locales prosecution caseloads for welfare fraud exceed welfare caseloads. In reality, some recipients manipulate the welfare system for their own ends, others are gravely hurt by punitive policies, and still others fall somewhere in between.InCheating Welfare, Kaaryn S. Gustafson endeavors to clear up these gray areas by providing insights into the history, social construction, and lived experience of welfare. She shows why cheating is all but inevitable—not because poor people are immoral, but because ordinary individuals navigating complex systems of rules are likely to become entangled despite their best efforts. Through an examination of the construction of the crime we know as welfare fraud, which she bases on in-depth interviews with welfare recipients in Northern California, Gustafson challenges readers to question their assumptions about welfare policies, welfare recipients, and crime control in the United States.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/23/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Kaaryn S. Gustafson is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
|List of Abbreviations|
|Reconstructing Social Ills: From the Perils of Poverty to Welfare Dependency|
|The Criminalization of Poverty|
|A Glimpse at the Interviewees|
|Living within and without the Rules|
|Engaging with Rules and Negotiating Compliance|
|Contextualizing Criminality, Noncompliance, and Resistance|
|About the Author|