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Narratives of difference in an age of austerity

Narratives of difference in an age of austerity

Gedalof, Irene, 1953- author

This book traces the narrative strategies framing austerity policies through an illuminating analysis of policy documents and political discourses, exposing the political consequences for women, racialized minorities and disabled people. ?This book traces the narrative strategies framing austerity policies through an illuminating analysis of policy documents and political discourses, exposing the political consequences for women, racialized minorities and disabled people. While many have critiqued the ways in which austerity has captured the contemporary political narrative, this is the first book to systematically examine how these narratives work to shift the terms within which policy debates about inequality and difference play out. Gedalof's exceptional readings of these texts pay close attention to the formal qualities of these narratives: the chronologies they impose, their articulation of crisis and resolution, the points of view they construct and the affective registers they deploy. In this manner she argues persuasively that the differences of gender, race, ethnicity and disability have been stitched into the fabric of austerity as excesses that must be disavowed, as reproductive burdens that are too great for the austere state to bear. This innovative, intersectional analysis will appeal to students and scholars of social policy, gender studies, politics and public policy

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Irene Gedalof
ISBN: 113740065X, 9781137400659
Physical Description: 230 pages
Series: Thinking gender in transnational times
Subject: Public administration; Migration, immigration & emigration; Europe; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Central / national / federal government policies; Gender studies, gender groups; Industry & industrial studies; Industry.; Semantics, discourse analysis, stylistics; Society & culture: general; Politics & government; Economic development Social aspects.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Thinking gender in transnational times.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781137400642

Contents

  1. Introduction: Narrative, Difference, Austerity
  2. Turning around Equalities.
  3. Doing the Right Thing: welfare reform narratives and the crafting of consent.
  4. Work Yourself Better: the disabled person as benefit scrounger.
  5. Social JusticeTM(DWP) and the Trouble with Families.
  6. Attachment and Disgust in Narratives of UK Family Migration Policy.
  7. Places of Sameness: Integration Policy, Localism and the Big Society.