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Deserving and Entitled
Social Constructions and Public Policy
Deserving and Entitled
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Anne L. Schneider - Editor
Helen M. Ingram - Editor
SUNY series in Public Policy
Price: $89.50 
Hardcover - 386 pages
Release Date: January 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6341-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6341-3

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Paperback - 386 pages
Release Date: December 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6342-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6342-0

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Release Date: February 2012
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8383-1

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Explores the contradictions between the American ideal of equality and the realities of public policy.

Public policy in the United States is marked by a contradiction between the American ideal of equality and the reality of an underclass of marginalized and disadvantaged people who are widely viewed as undeserving and incapable. Deserving and Entitled provides a close inspection of many different policy arenas, showing how the use of power and the manipulation of images have made it appear both natural and appropriate that some target populations benefit from policy, while others do not. These social constructions of deservedness and entitlement, unless challenged, become amplified over time and institutionalized into permanent lines of social, economic, and political cleavage. The contributors here express concern that too often public policy sends messages harmful to democracy and contributes significantly to the pattern of uneven political participation in the United States.

“…rich in descriptive content on topics such as Revolutionary War pensions, policies toward Japanese-Americans, housing discrimination law, welfare, and microenterprise development.” — Perspectives on Politics

"This book forces us to reexamine common assumptions regarding public policy and who deserves to reap the benefits of these policies. As a result, it offers an entirely new perspective on issues that are fundamental to the practice and study of public policy." — Martha S. Feldman, author of Order without Design: Information Production and Policy Making

"This excellent book is a very important contribution to our understanding of public policy development and implementation, especially the effects of social construction of deservedness and entitlement on the citizenry, including their access to vital public services and their participation in the political process."— Steven Rathgeb Smith, coauthor of Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting

Contributors include Dionne Bensonsmith, Michelle Camou, Julie Cowgill, Stephanie J. Di Alto, Helen M. Ingram, Laura S. Jensen, Nancy Jurik, Kenneth J. Meier, Lina Newton, Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Anne L. Schneider, Sanford Schram, Kay Schriner, Mara S. Sidney, and Joe Soss.

Anne L. Schneider is Dean of the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University. Helen M. Ingram is Professor Emerita of Planning, Policy, and Design and Political Science at the University of California at Irvine, and Research Fellow, Southwest Center, at the University of Arizona. Schneider and Ingram have published many books, including coauthoring Policy Design for Democracy.


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Deborah Stone

Introduction: Public Policy and the Social Construction of Deservedness
HELEN M. INGRAM AND ANNE L. SCHNEIDER

PART I: Historical Roots of Constructions of Deservedness and Entitlement

1. Constructing and Entitling America's Original Veterans
LAURA S. JENSEN

2. Constructing the Democratic Citizen: Idiocy and Insanity in American Suffrage Law
KAY SCHRINER

3. From "Problem Minority" to "Model Minority": The Changing Social Construction of Japanese Americans
STEPHANIE DIALTO

PART II: Congressional Discourse: Forging Lines of Division between Deserving and Undeserving

4. Contested Images of Race and Place: The Politics of Housing Discrimination
MARA S. SIDNEY

5. "It Is Not a Question of Being Anti-immigration": Categories of Deservedness in Immigration Policy Making
LINA NEWTON

PART III: Nonprofits, Neighborhood Organizations, and the Social Construction of Deservedness

6. The Construction of Client Identities in a Post-welfare Social Service Program: The Double Bind of Microenterprise Development
NANCY JURIK AND JULIE COWGILL

7. Deservedness in Poor Neighborhoods: A Morality Struggle
MICHELLE CAMOU

Part IV: Constructions by Moral Entrepreneurs and Policy Analysts

8. From Perception to Public Policy: Translating Social Constructions into Policy Designs
SEAN NICHOLSON-CROTTY AND KENNETH J. MEIER

9. Jezebels, Matriarchs, and Welfare Queens: The Moynihan Report of 1965 and the Social Construction of African-American Women in Welfare Policy
DIONNE BENSONSMITH

10. Putting a Black Face on Welfare: The Good and the Bad
SANFORD F. SCHRAM

PART V: Social Constructions, Identity, Citizenship, and Participation

11. Making Clients and Citizens: Welfare Policy as a Source of Status, Belief, and Action
JOE SOSS

References

Contributors

Index



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