The construction of client identities in a post-welfare social service program: The double bind of microenterprise development

Nancy Jurik, Julie Cowgill

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Abstract

Social service organizations are important sites for constructing client identities and transmitting dominant cultural discourses about deservedness and entitlement (Miller 1989;Trethewey 1997; Holstein and Miller 1996). Historically, social service organizations generally, and welfare organizations in particular, have been charged with distinguishing deserving from undeserving program applicants. Ironically, this process has produced a situation wherein, despite their ostensible role in extending opportunities to the disadvantaged, welfare agencies promote discourses, ideologies, materials, and practices that reinforce images of many poor as undeserving and unentitled (Quadagno and Fobes 1995; Schneider and Ingram 1997).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeserving and Entitled: Social Constructions and Public Policy
PublisherState University of New York Press
Pages173-196
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)0791463419, 9780791463413
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Jurik N, Cowgill J. The construction of client identities in a post-welfare social service program: The double bind of microenterprise development. In Deserving and Entitled: Social Constructions and Public Policy. State University of New York Press. 2005. p. 173-196