Just the Revised Reading List

Just the Revised Reading List - SSW 206 Spring 2010 SECTION...

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SSW 206 Spring 2010 SECTION C: Economic Support Programs in a “Residual” Welfare State: “Social Insurance" v. "Welfare" 3/9-11 Dolgoff, R. & Feldstein, R. (2003) “Examining a Social Welfare Program” in Understanding Social Welfare pp.134-50; “Social Welfare Programs in America” ( Study Guide prepared by Robert Pollack for students at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration) (14 pgs). Handler, Joel. 1972. “Theory and Development” (Ch. 2) in Reforming the Poor, New York: Basic Books. Scholz, J.K. & Levine, K. (2000). “The Evolution of Income Support Policy in Recent Decades.” Focus, Vol.21, No.2, pp.9-15. Optional Readings Meyers, Marcia. 2007. “The Institutional Architecture of Anti Poverty Policy in the United States” Di Nitto ch. 2. pg. 36-74 (assigned in week 1; but a relevant “refresher” for this week). Abramovitz, M. (2001) “Everyone is Still on Welfare” Social Work, 46. Notes: This week we begin the process of connecting general political orientations, theories or “schools of thought” on social problems and actual policies and programs of the U.S. welfare state. We begin with a set of readings that look broadly and descriptively at the American welfare state. While these writers each reflect very different political and policy sensibilities, they all are attempting to characterize the American social welfare state and its associated programs and policies in ways that reduce what often looks like a cacophony into a simpler, clearer set of policy and program “types”. Dolgoff & Feldstein, the SSA study guide and Scholz & Levine all focus on developing a template for distinguishing things like “social insurance” programs from things like “public assistance” programs on a number of dimensions. The Handler article, on the other hand, is much more opinionated. He asserts, and provides backing evidence for a broad underlying schema that argues that pretty much ALL American social policies operate so as to reinforce a fundamental distinction that has historically guided the United State’s particularly RESIDUAL approach to social welfare: whether or not recipients are among the “Deserving” or “Undeserving” poor. 3/16-18
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