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Hidden Voices

Lived Experiences in the Irish Welfare Space

By Joe Whelan

Published

May 6, 2022

Page count

152 pages

Series

Key Issues in Social Justice

ISBN

978-1447360926

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 6, 2022

Page count

152 pages

Series

Key Issues in Social Justice

ISBN

978-1447360940

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Hidden Voices

Underpinned by the idea of the right to a ‘basic minimum’, welfare states are a major feature of many societies. However, the lived experiences of persons seeking and receiving welfare payments can often be overlooked.

This book seeks to remedy this omission by honouring lived experience as valuable, insightful and necessary. It draws on qualitative interviews with 19 people receiving various working age welfare payments in Ireland to explore stigma, social reciprocity and the notions of the deserving and undeserving poor, and to analyse welfare conditionality in the Irish context.

Breaking new ground, this book offers original research findings which contest and inform policy both within Ireland and beyond.

Joe Whelan is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin.

Chapter One: Setting the Stage: How Did the Irish Welfare State Develop and Where Does It Fit in the World of Welfare?

Chapter Two: Welfare, Marginality and Social Liminality: Life in the Welfare ‘Space’

Chapter Three: The Effect of the Work Ethic

Chapter Four: Welfare Conditionality

Chapter Five: Maintaining Compliance and Engaging in Impression Management

Chapter Six: Deservingness: Othering, Self-Justification and the Norm of Reciprocity

Chapter Seven: Welfare Is Bad! Bringing It All Together

Chapter Eight: COVID: Policy Responses and Lived Experiences

Closing Thoughts

References