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Social security policy and vindictiveness

Grover, Christopher (2010) Social security policy and vindictiveness. Sociological Research Online, 15 (2). ISSN 1360-7804

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Abstract

This paper uses the work of Jock Young (2002, 2003) on the emergence of vindictiveness in late modern society to examine two recent developments – the withdrawal, in certain circumstances, of Housing Benefit from those people evicted for 'anti-social' behaviour and the proposed introduction of a Treatment Allowance for 'problem drug users' – in social security policy. The paper argues that while since the development of collective responses to poverty there has been concern with the behaviour of individuals in relation to paid work, we are entering a new period of social security policy where it is the general behaviour of individuals that increasingly defines access to social security benefits, rather than their financial needs.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 59046
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 16:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59046

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