By Sandra R. Levitsky
Getting older populations and dramatic adjustments in health and wellbeing care provision, family constitution, and women's exertions strength participation over the past part century have created what many observers have dubbed a "crisis in care": call for for care of the outdated and infirm is swiftly starting to be, whereas the provision of personal care in the relatives is considerably contracting. And but, regardless of the well-documented hostile results of latest care dilemmas at the monetary safeguard of households, the actual and psychological wellbeing and fitness of kinfolk care prone, the base line of companies, and the monetary future health of current social welfare courses, American households have tested little inclination for translating their deepest care difficulties into political calls for for social coverage reform.
Caring for Our personal inverts an everlasting query of social welfare politics. instead of asking why the yankee kingdom hasn't replied to unmet social welfare wishes via increasing social entitlements, this e-book asks: Why do not American households view unmet social welfare wishes because the foundation for calls for for brand new nation entitlements? How do conventional ideals in family members accountability for social welfare persist even within the face of well-documented unmet want? the reply, this publication argues, lies in a greater realizing of ways contributors think options to the social welfare difficulties they confront and what prevents new understandings of social welfare provision from constructing into political call for for replacement social preparations. taking good care of Our personal considers the robust ways that current social guidelines form the political mind's eye, reinforcing longstanding values approximately kinfolk accountability, subverting grievances grounded in notions of social accountability, and in a few infrequent instances, developing new types of social provision that might go beyond current ideological divisions in American social politics.
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Additional info for Caring for Our Own: Why There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights
I n t ro d u c t io n ( 21 ) Thus, if symbolic pollution involves the contamination of the “pure” status of one group by the “impure” status of another, here we find that people can preserve the “pure” status of one group by redefining the boundaries of another cultural category. It is this process of re-drawing boundaries that produces understandings of long-term care provision that fundamentally challenge American beliefs about the state’s responsibility for maintaining social welfare. POLITICAL SOCIOLOGISTS AND THE ABSENCE OF POLITICAL DEMAND MAKING The strategy of this book—studying the absence of political action as a way of illuminating obstacles to politicization—is unusual in the study of political sociology.
Lack of interest could also be attributed to ideological beliefs about responsibility for social welfare: citizens may view unmet social welfare needs as personal or family problems rather than public problems appropriate for state intervention, or they may be wary of an expanded state role in social welfare provision. Alternatively, to paraphrase William Gamson (1995:89), some citizens may be completely convinced of the desirability of expanded state entitlements for unmet social welfare needs, but gravely doubt the possibility of obtaining them in the current economic and political environment.
My concern here is not with the likelihood of policy reform, but with the formation of political demand: under what conditions do people challenge norms about state nonintervention in social welfare provision? DISCURSIVE INTEGRATION The concept of discursive integration is used here to help understand at a cognitive level exactly how people create understandings of their circumstances that either reinforce or challenge traditional norms. Discursive integration is the process of synthesizing new solutions to unmet needs—new models or political logics—with more familiar ways of thinking and talking about social welfare provision (Polletta 2000; Primus 1999).
Caring for Our Own: Why There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights by Sandra R. Levitsky