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The Place of Disgust: Disability, Class and Gender in Spaces of Workfare

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  • Karen Soldatic

    () (School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia)

  • Helen Meekosha

    () (School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia)

Abstract

This paper explores the role of disgust in mediating disabled women's experience of workfare in the Australian state. As global social policy has been restructured along neoliberal lines in Western nations, the notion of ‘workfare’ has been widely promulgated. This paper draws on nine case studies from across Australia to explore how this has resulted in disabled women being coerced to participate in a range of workfare programs that are highly bureaucratised, sanitised and moralised. The findings suggest that with the advent of Australian neoliberal welfare reform, some disabled women are increasingly framed in negative affective terms. A primary emotion that appears to govern disabled women forced to participate in Australian neoliberal workfare programs is disgust. The experience of the participants interviewed for this study suggests that the naming of them in negative emotional terms requires disabled women to perform a respectable unruly corporeality to ensure that they gain and maintain access to a range of services and supports, which are vital to their wellbeing.

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  • Karen Soldatic & Helen Meekosha, 2012. "The Place of Disgust: Disability, Class and Gender in Spaces of Workfare," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(3), pages 1-18, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:2:y:2012:i:3:p:139-156:d:20039
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    1. Jayne Raisborough & Matt Adams, 2008. "Mockery and Morality in Popular Cultural Representations of the White Working Class," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 13(6), pages 1-2.
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    1. Veldboer, Lex & Kleinhans, Reinout & van Ham, Maarten, 2015. "Mandatory Volunteer Work as Fair Reciprocity for Unemployment and Social Benefits?," IZA Discussion Papers 9111, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. repec:gam:jsoctx:v:8:y:2018:i:2:p:27-:d:144732 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    disability; gender; class; disgust; respectability; welfare reform;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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