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Title: The unfreedom of being Other: Canadian lone mothers' experiences of poverty and 'life on the cheque'
Authors: Power, Elaine

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Keywords: consumer society
governmentality
lone mothers
neo-liberalism
welfare
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Power, E. M. (2005). The unfreedom of being other: Canadian lone mothers' experiences of poverty and 'life on the cheque'. Sociology, 39(4), 643-660.
Abstract: This paper theorizes the experiences of lone mothers living on welfare in contemporary consumer society using a governmentality framework, with particular attention to liberalism’s practices of unfreedom. Analysis suggests two main ways in which lone mothers were constructed and disciplined as Other: as ‘welfare bums’ who were not in the labour market; and as ‘flawed consumers’ without the financial resources to participate in consumer society. This type of study, with its attention to the ‘messy actualities’ of how subjects take up neo-liberal discourse, offers possibilities for the re-politicization of the Foucauldian-inspired governmentality literature by accounting for the costs of neo-liberal forms of rule, and providing insight into how it might be contested.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1974/1214
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