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Anti-Poverty Social Policies and Concerns for Social Justice in Neo-Liberal Times: A View from Below

Giambruno Leal, Daniela; (2020) Anti-Poverty Social Policies and Concerns for Social Justice in Neo-Liberal Times: A View from Below. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This research explores and identifies the citizenship implications of the contemporary expansion of social assistance policies in Chile, which emerged under the stratified and highly segregated welfare regime established during the 1980s’ “neo-liberal transformation”. Notwithstanding the negative impacts produced by neo-liberal reforms on social citizenship and welfare rights identified in both developed and developing countries, little scholarly attention has been given to the implications of the rise of social assistance policies on the citizenship status of the poor in Latin America. This issue is highly relevant considering the conditions of welfare exclusion suffered by people living in poverty under the welfare regimes that prevailed in the region prior to the 1980s. Consequently, this research explores the quality of the welfare inclusion of the poor in order to identify to what extent the expansion of social assistance policies has provided conditions of social recognition of the poor as subjects of rights. In order to do this, it follows a qualitative, case study approach, including interviews with welfare beneficiaries participating in two different anti-poverty programmes, along with professionals engaged in the local implementation of both programmes. These social programmes represent two different lenses through which the lived experiences of two different generations of welfare beneficiaries can be analysed and compared with the aim of identifying the terms and conditions of inclusion prevailing in the welfare field in the country, their impacts in terms of distribution and recognition, and the type of welfare citizenship being experienced and forged among current welfare beneficiaries in Chile.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Anti-Poverty Social Policies and Concerns for Social Justice in Neo-Liberal Times: A View from Below
Event: UCL University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090978
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