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Performing Propriety in Swedish Social Benefits Case Records
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Centre for Social Work - CESAR.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6504-0877
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing on theory and previous research that focuses on moral dimensions and categorization processes in social work practice, this paper 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 functionality and propriety in relation to financial problems. The data consists of 37 financial aid case records from the social services and the analysis of these texts suggest that (dis)ability and economic hardship often constitute two non-connected narratives in this 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 negligence, passivity and a 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 the financial problems.

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2018.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-360043DiVA, id: diva2:1246784
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Sociologidagarna Lund 7-9/3 2018
Available from: 2018-09-10 Created: 2018-09-10 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved

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