Disciplinary social policy and the failing promise of the new middle classes: the troubled families programme

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Tepe-Belfrage, Daniela and Nunn, Alex 2016. Disciplinary social policy and the failing promise of the new middle classes: the troubled families programme. Social Policy and Society. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000452
AuthorsTepe-Belfrage, Daniela and Nunn, Alex
Abstract

This article looks at the promise of the ‘New Middle Class’ (NMC) inherent in the neoliberal ideological ideal of individualising societal responsibility for well-being and success. The article points to how this promise enables a discourse and practice of welfare reform and a disciplining of life styles particularly targeting the very poor in society. Women and some ethnic minorities are particularly prone to poverty and then therefore also discipline. The article then provides a case study of the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) and shows how the programme and the way it is constructed and managed partly undermines the provision of the material needs to alleviate people from poverty and re-produces discourses of poor lifestyle and parenting choices as sources of poverty, thereby undermining the ‘middle-class’ promise.

KeywordsTroubled Families; Social policy; Class; Neoliberalism
Year2016
JournalSocial Policy and Society
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN14747464
14753073
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000452
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621170
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Publication dates17 Oct 2016
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