Le genre de l'assistance. Mères célibataires et travailleuses du social.

Abstract : Asserting gender as the main analytical category, this thesis investigates the effects of welfare policies. It is based on an intensive ethnographic study of both social workers and single mothers on welfare, while also including statistical investigations and archival work. Envisioning the welfare interactions as structural interactions, both differentiated but the recipients' strategies system and the social workers' professional psitions and dispositions, it allows for an identification of three major effects : imposition effects, temporization effects and sedimentation effects. Adter a general exposition of the main hypothesis, the first part of the thesis intends to rebuild, analytically, the recipients' strategies system. The second part replaces social workers' positions within the local governement's policy configurations as well as within the professional structure it entails. The third part identifies and analyses the three aforementioned effects. The main result is that welfare is part of a gendered division of the domination labor, which results in the cross occultation of both the actual work social workers provide and the reproduction of race, class, and gender relations that welfare induce.
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Lilian Lahieyte. Le genre de l'assistance. Mères célibataires et travailleuses du social.. Sociologie. Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2018. Français. ⟨tel-02144776⟩



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