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Narratives of difference in an age of austerity / Irene Gedalof.

  • Gedalof, Irene, 1953-
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"This book traces the narrative strategies framing austerity policies through an illuminating analysis of policy documents and political discourses, exposing the political consequences for women, racialized minorities and disabled people. While many have critiqued the ways in which austerity has captured the contemporary political narrative, this is the first book to systematically examine how these narratives work to shift the terms within which policy debates about inequality and difference play out. Gedalof's exceptional readings of these texts pay close attention to the formal qualities of these narratives: the chronologies they impose, their articulation of crisis and resolution, the points of view they construct and the affective registers they deploy. In this manner she argues persuasively that the differences of gender, race, ethnicity and disability have been stitched into the fabric of austerity as excesses that must be disavowed, as reproductive burdens that are too great for the austere state to bear."--


London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

Physical description

viii, 230 pages ; 22 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-223) and index.


Introduction: Narrative, Difference, Austerity; Chapter 1: Turning around Equalities -- Chapter 2: Doing the Right Thing: welfare reform narratives and the crafting of consent -- Chapter 3: Work Yourself Better: the disabled person as benefit scrounger -- Chapter 4: Social JusticeTM(DWP) and the Trouble with Families -- Chapter 5: Attachment and Disgust in Narratives of UK Family Migration Policy -- Chapter 6: Places of Sameness: Integration Policy, Localism and the Big Society.


  • English

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