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For Whose Benefit?The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform$
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Ruth Patrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333463

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333463.001.0001

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Introduction: Beyond Benefits Street – exploring experiences and narratives of welfare reform

Introduction: Beyond Benefits Street – exploring experiences and narratives of welfare reform

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(p.1) Introduction: Beyond Benefits Street – exploring experiences and narratives of welfare reform
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For Whose Benefit?
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Ruth Patrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447333463.003.0001

This chapter outlines the rationale behind conducting repeat interviews with out-of-work benefit claimants in an effort to better understand lived experiences of welfare reform. It introduces readers to the political and theoretical context, and highlights the value in employing social citizenship as a theoretical lens in order to tease out citizenship from above and below. The recent context of welfare reform in the UK is also introduced, highlighting the extent to which successive rounds of welfare reform have cumulatively reworked the relationship between the citizen and the state. The research on which this book is based is detailed, and the value in working through and across time by taking a qualitative longitudinal approach highlighted.

Keywords:   qualitative longitudinal research, social citizenship, welfare reform, lived experiences, poverty

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