Beyond ‘Deserving:’ An Examination of the Moral Regulatory Function of Welfare Policing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

dc.contributor.authorSemmelhack, Isabelle
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-09T19:37:55Z
dc.date.available2021-08-09T19:37:55Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-30
dc.description.abstractIn this paper I argue that the Canadian government’s disproportionate spending on the policing of ‘welfare fraud’ constitutes a fiscal investment in the moral regulation of the larger populous. I propose that by reinforcing divisive notions of deservedness, the government seeks to foster capitalist subjectivities, a term which I define as a complacency with limited social welfare and compliance with capitalist norms of exploitation and productivity. However, as my research findings suggest, governmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have undermined the regulatory function of the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving poor’ metric, resulting in the expansion of anti-poverty discourse and calls for progressive social welfare reform.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/29008
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectmoral regulationen
dc.subjectCanada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)en
dc.subjectCovid-19en
dc.subject"welfare fraud"en
dc.subjectCanadian welfare policyen
dc.titleBeyond ‘Deserving:’ An Examination of the Moral Regulatory Function of Welfare Policing During the COVID-19 Pandemicen
dc.typeprojecten
dc.typemajor research paperen
dc.typeother
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