Poverty and subsequently anti-poverty measures and policies have been a contested terrain throughout U.S. history. The idea of public assistance commonly termed welfare has a strong moral content: it entails notions of how we should live and how others ought to live their lives. Hence, how Americans view poverty and who is thought to be worthy or unworthy of deserving welfare benefits is linked not only to more abstract principles such as equality, social responsibility, or justice, but to -at times- very nuanced understandings of marriage, family, motherhood, or work ethic. These understandings, however, are deeply ingrained in a white racial frame and as such create exclusionary and discriminating policies for various minority and immigrant groups, thus fostering racial inequalities.
Hosted by the American Studies department, our symposium “Participation, Marginalization, and Exclusion in the U.S. Welfare State” critically addresses the entangled relationship between race, class, and gender and the welfare state from various perspectives. Furthermore, our keynote lecture "Racial Wealth Inequality and the State" given by Dr. Thomas Shapiro (Brandeis University), attends to the troubling issue of systemic inequality expressed in the widening racial wealth gap.
This symposium is open to the public, interested attendees please register in advance. We are very much looking forward to numerous participation.
Please register via Stud.IP (course no. 46597), external guests via email@example.com
|Organised by||Dr. Grit Grigoleit-Richter, American Studies Department,|