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RPS 1 2017

In uscita ad aprile il numero 1/2017: Il servizio sociale italiano nell’ambito dell’attuale sistema di welfare sarà il focus della sezione monografica del n.

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The Repression of Citizenship. The Future of the Social Model in the White Paper

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Women and Welfare
The White Paper on the future of the social model «The good life in an active society», presented as a natural sequel to the Green Paper by the Minister of Labour on 6 May 2009, has been widely criticized for the vagueness of its positions and for the gap between good intentions and actual lines of action. The article claims that the questions raised by the document do not concern only vagueness or abstractness, but that some of the proposals are dangerous and fallacious, and some of the statements made ambiguous. only subscribers can see the full article

Culture, Multiculturalism and Welfare State Citizenship

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Culture pervades the rights and expectations of citizenship. Recent decades have seen increasing cultural diversity in western nations, yet their multicultural condition has been little recognised in theories of citizenship and social policy. This paper looks at three theoretical accounts of the relation between multiculturalism and citizenship with a view to making the study of welfare state citizenship more responsive to the issues raised by cultural diversity. only subscribers can see the full article

Concerned Citizens of Europe

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Keywords: citizenship :: action :: justice :: common goods ::

New Social Risks, Present-Day redesigning of Welfare Systems and Women’s Citizenship

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Women and Welfare
The essay deals with some family policies in Europe, trying to set them in the debates on the most recent models for welfare states and on the transformation of social risks. In this way it defines the specific features of women’s citizenship and underlines some gaps in the Italian debate on the welfare state.only subscribers can see the full article
Keywords: citizenship :: care :: family policies ::

Quantity and Quality as Functions of the Concept of Citizenship

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Nhs
Ours is not an era of global knowledge which undermines and mortifies local knowledge and the participation and involvement of citizens in the government of public goods. On the contrary, the idea of rationality is increasingly been thought of as a sort of patchwork, the result of an operation of «sewing» between local and circumscribed rationality spaces which must be put in reciprocal communication through the availability of a common language and a shared background. It is not by chance that a model of «connective intelligence» is emerging, whose main goal is the identification of distributive or common knowledge and the analysis and translation underway of modalities and courses, through which each of them acquires the capacity to reason about one’s own knowledge and viewpoints, but also those of others. The concept of citizenship must therefore be rethought in the light of these developments. only subscribers can see the full article

«Privatization»

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The article presents and discusses three senses of the term «privatization» with reference to the welfare system: one regarding finance mechanisms, one the role of intermediate bodies, and one the supply of services. The first option – more or less extensive replacement of the present national insurance systems with private insurance – actually worsens the macroeconomic sustainability of expenditure and has negative implications for the aims of welfare. The second sense – a Big society based on transferring from the state to intermediate bodies responsibility for certain measures of social policy – foreshadows a pre-modern idea of citizenship, broken up by group or category membership. The article concludes by placing the third sense in the framework of public control of the system that exploits the role of the market and private initiative in the supply of services, to improve efficiency and satisfy needs.only subscribers can see the full article
Keywords: welfare :: citizenship :: market ::

Gender and Care: Old Solutions, New Scenarios?

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Women and Welfare
The need to receive and give care has long remained hidden in the division of labour between community and family and between men and women. As a result, for a long time both dependence on care and the responsibility for providing it were not recognized as fundamental rights of citizenship. A partial exception was that of maternity leave. There is also a continuing asymmetry in the way in which the care needs of various subjects are recognized and the unpaid or paid work of those who respond to these needs. This marginality risks becoming more problematic at this time.only subscribers can see the full article
Keywords: citizenship :: social policy :: care :: gender ::

The right to proof of migration. The contribution of citizenship epidemiology

In recent years migration has become one of the most significant aspects of present-day society, at the level of legislation, in political debate, and in the social and cultural imagination. In this dispersion and contradiction of interests the concrete reality of the migrants themselves (the real persons and their stories) tends to disappear to the point of not being recognized as a “transversal people” with inviolable human rights. Citizenship epidemiology is proposed as an operative tool that can give them back genuine visibility, which is the premise for them being able to enjoy their rights.only subscribers can see the full article

Migrants and Citizenship in a Time of Global Crises

This article deals with the migration issue taking into consideration the broader general concept of citizenship and the different ways it is conceived: formal, affective and democratic ones. Inclusion processes for immigrants are considered in the context of various crises – not just the global financial and economic one – that affect the international realm. After analysing the immigration figures and citizenship procedures in relation to other important European countries, the article focuses on the national domain. Italian public opinion concerning the question of immigration is studied by using longitudinal survey data. This section’s key question is whether or not the economic crisis has compromised the cultural and the attitudinal basis for immigrants’ inclusion in Italy. The final remarks stress on the need to govern, with appropriate and forward-looking policies, the issue of immigration and the broader theme of citizenship in connection with the trends of public opinion. The economic and financial crisis, together with the crisis of representative democracy and the risk society implications, define the scenario in which these dynamics are framed.only subscribers can see the full article

Redesigning Citizenship Regimes after Neoliberalism. Moving towards Social Investment

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This article documents the ways in which a concept which had characterised the high neo-liberal period of the World Bank - social investment - and which plays on the discourse of capitalism, was reworked in the mid-1990s to become, among other things, a set of policies and programmes focused on fighting poverty and improving income security in Europe and Latin America. It documents in particular the adjustments on three dimensions of the citizenship regimes in these two regions. This comparison is based on the observation that, while often having quite different political histories, the Americas and Europe nonetheless share some important similarities in social citizenship practices. Currently, some countries in Latin America have on-going experiments with social citizenship that are not that different several European countries’ choices about how to design a citizenship regime for after neoliberalism. only subscribers can see the full article