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Ideology for a New Under-class

edited by Eric Shragge

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canadian, social classes, labor, comparative politics
list price: $31.95
also available: eBook
published: 1997

Workfare: Ideology for a New Under-Class reveals the double standards of Neo-Liberal "newspeak."

The federal government spends almost the same amount of money on tax exemptions for RRSP deductions as federal and provincial governments combined spend on welfare. But, no one asks if people receiving RRSP deductions are "truly needy."

In addition to the myths, this book explores the reality of workfare, examining programs from across Canada, and comparing the experience in the United States. Workfare is central to the tenets of the so-called common sense revolution. The contributors show that, in fact, workfare measures have not been effective in getting people back to work, especially in the long term. Governments continue to implement workfare programs even when it is clear that they have not, and will not, achieve their stated ends. The book shows how workfare masks a punitive ideology particular to the post-Fordist, neo-Liberal state.

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Eric Shragge

Eric Shragge teaches at the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University in Montreal and is co-author of Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing (2010).

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