Category Archives: class

A call for papers for Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work: The renaissance of radical social work? Trans-Tasman perspectives

Social workers on both sides of the Tasman Sea are working hard to address the unrelenting tide of policies that aim to reduce the role of a welfare system  necessary to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all people. Hardly a … Continue reading

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Working-class women study social science degrees: remembering enablers and detractors

Liz Beddoe Over the last three years I  have had the pleasure of working with a small group of Australian feminist researchers undertaking a feminist memory work study. In this  second article about this collaborative project, we report on a feminist memory … Continue reading

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Feral families webinar

Liz Beddoe On 1 December I gave a web seminar while  visiting the University of Stirling in Scotland on “Making a moral panic – ‘Feral families’, family violence and welfare reforms in New Zealand: Doing the work of the state?” Abstract:  … Continue reading

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Feral families, troubled families: The spectre of the underclass in New Zealand

Liz Beddoe  Blame is a powerful weapon with which to empower political disengagement with causes and focus on characteristics of victims.  Stigma leads and intensifies the othering of people who are poor, side-stepping structural explanations of violence and neglect Since … Continue reading

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Making a moral panic—welfare reform, racism and ‘feral families’ in New Zealand: Doing the work of the state?

 Liz Beddoe In a comment on story NZ Herald, 6-3-13 an Auckland resident said: “A quarter of all Kiwi children are raised in families/whanau/fanau where cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and drugs come first. Three generations of state sponsored dysfunction has made … Continue reading

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