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Author Morris, Lydia, 1949- author
Title The moral economy of welfare and migration : reconfiguring rights in austerity Britain / Lydia Morris
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2021
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 人文社會聯圖  JC479 .M67 2021    AVAILABLE    30610020660882
Descript xi, 268 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-256) and index
The Moral Economy of Austerity: Analysing UK Welfare Reform -- Welfare, Migration, and Civic Stratification: The Shifting Terrain of Rights -- Moralizing Welfare and Migration: The Backdrop to Brexit -- Reconfiguring Rights: Boundaries, Behaviours and Contestable Margins -- Moral Economy from Above and Below: Contesting Contraction of Migrant Rights -- Activating the Welfare Subject: The Problem of Agency -- The Topology of Welfare-Migration-Asylum: Britain's Outsiders Inside
"Britain's coalition government of 2010-2015 ushered in an enduring age of austerity and a "moral mission" of welfare reform as part of a drive for deficit reduction. Stricter controls were applied to both domestic welfare and international migration and asylum, which were presented as two sides of the same coin. Policy in both areas has engaged a moral message of earned entitlement and invites a sociological approach that examines such policies in combination, alongside their underpinning moral economy. Exploring the idea of a moral economy--from its original focus on citizen rebellion at the rising price of corn to more contemporary analysis of measures that seek to impose "moral" values from above--Lydia Morris examines Britain's reconfigured pattern of rights in the fields of domestic welfare and migration. Those in power have claimed that heightened conditions and sanctions for the benefit-dependent domestic population, both in and out of work, will promote labour market change and reduce demand for low skilled migrant workers, often EU citizens, whose own access to benefits was curtailed prior to Brexit. Morris traces related political discourse through to the design and implementation of concrete policy measures and maps the diminished access to rights that has emerged, paying particular attention to the boundaries drawn in defining target groups, and the resistance this has provoked. The Moral Economy of Welfare and Migration then considers the topology of the whole system to highlight cross-cutting devices of control that have far-reaching implications for how we are governed as a total population"-- Provided by publisher
Issued also in electronic format
Subject Welfare state -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Great Britain
Public welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Great Britain
Immigrants -- Civil rights -- Great Britain
Great Britain -- Moral conditions
Great Britain -- Social policy
Great Britain -- Economic policy
Economic policy. fast (OCoLC)fst00902025
Immigrants -- Civil rights. fast (OCoLC)fst00967717
Moral conditions. fast (OCoLC)fst01026043
Public welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst01083307
Social policy. fast (OCoLC)fst01122738
Welfare state -- Moral and ethical aspects. fast (OCoLC)fst01173692
Great Britain. fast (OCoLC)fst01204623
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