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‘One does one’s best’: performing deservingness in income support case records
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Centre for Social Work - CESAR. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6504-0877
2018 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 329-343Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on theory and previous research on categorisation processes in social work practice, this article discusses how parents are portrayed in Swedish social services records on eviction risk and focuses on how these individuals are constructed as clients with regards to notions of financial propriety. The data consist of 37 income support case records, and the analysis of these texts suggests that (dis)ability and economic hardship often constitute two unconnected narratives in these data and that performative features of financial propriety and deservingness are often accentuated in these processes. It is argued that financial difficulties are primarily linked to the client's perceived general inability to handle money, even in cases where the client's cognitive difficulties could be relevant in order to understand the financial situation. On a practical level, this may make it difficult for the client to get proper and proactive support in relation to financial problems.

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Policy Press, 2018. Vol. 6, no 3, p. 329-343
Keywords [en]
income support, deservingness, functionality, propriety, parents
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356847DOI: 10.1332/204986018X15321001889969ISI: 000452218500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356847DiVA, id: diva2:1237349
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-0410Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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