Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
New Poverty Research
Sanford F. Schram
The new poverty research emphasizes interpreting research on poverty and social welfare policy by placing that research in historical and social context. It involves understanding the problems of social welfare policy in any one era as associated with a particular regime of practices. In the current era, where the ideology of neoliberalism celebrates participation in a globalizing economy, poverty management is being transformed to be more punitive. The new poverty research focuses on the extent to which the Keynesian welfare state is being replaced by a combination of both neoliberal and paternalistic regimes. The new regime offers less monetary aid to low-income families and more discipline for the adults in those families. Significant changes include (a) decreased financial aid to and increased work enforcement on the unemployed, (b) decreased rehabilitation and increased incarceration for those who commit crimes, and (c) decreased child welfare services to birth families and increased removal ...