Recent welfare reforms, based on austerity narratives and a gender-neutral rationale, have failed to recognise the ways in which women and men experience the different demands and rewards of paid employment and unpaid care.
This book draws on a wealth of qualitative longitudinal evidence to cast light on women’s lived experiences of welfare and work. Giving voice to social security recipients, this book uncovers the hidden gendered bias of conditional welfare reforms to challenge dominant political discourses, policy design and practice norms.
It combines and develops three interdisciplinary perspectives - feminist analysis, lived experience and street-level bureaucracy – to offer a new understanding of British welfare reform policies and practice.
Sharon Wright is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Glasgow.
Theorising conditional welfare as gendered lived experience and street-level practice
Policy context: the hidden gendered impacts of conditional welfare reforms
Gendered encounters with the work ethic: rewriting private lives as public responsibilities
Sanctioning: disciplining women for violating male-defined work norms?