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The Hidden Ideology behind the Rhetoric of Michigan's 2011 TANF Reforms

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In this study a total of fourteen state Senators and Representatives participated in a series of qualitative interviews that sought to investigate the political and ideological reasoning behind Michigan's 2011 TANF reforms. The goal of the interviews was to gather information regarding the political and ideological motivations behind the passage of the reform bills, what outcomes were expected to result from the imposition of lifetime limits on cash assistance, and what were their beliefs regarding the characteristics TANF recipients and the causes of their poverty. From the interviews it was clear that workfare and lifetime limits on cash assistance are intended to force illicit compliance from recipients without the use of explicit force. Framing poverty as a learned behavior assumes that it can be unlearned. From this perspective it can be assumed that the Legislators did in fact idealize that workfare would change recipient’s behavior patterns through the internalization of ideologies. From both the interviews and corresponding analysis, it appears that the political rhetoric of personal responsibility and the promise of social mobility through hard work and dedication, is really a smoke screen intended to distract the public from the real threats facing both the working and middle classes.

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Wright, Mellissa. "The Hidden Ideology behind the Rhetoric of Michigan's 2011 TANF Reforms" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707717_index.html>

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Wright, M. , 2014-03-27 "The Hidden Ideology behind the Rhetoric of Michigan's 2011 TANF Reforms" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707717_index.html

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Abstract: In this study a total of fourteen state Senators and Representatives participated in a series of qualitative interviews that sought to investigate the political and ideological reasoning behind Michigan's 2011 TANF reforms. The goal of the interviews was to gather information regarding the political and ideological motivations behind the passage of the reform bills, what outcomes were expected to result from the imposition of lifetime limits on cash assistance, and what were their beliefs regarding the characteristics TANF recipients and the causes of their poverty. From the interviews it was clear that workfare and lifetime limits on cash assistance are intended to force illicit compliance from recipients without the use of explicit force. Framing poverty as a learned behavior assumes that it can be unlearned. From this perspective it can be assumed that the Legislators did in fact idealize that workfare would change recipient’s behavior patterns through the internalization of ideologies. From both the interviews and corresponding analysis, it appears that the political rhetoric of personal responsibility and the promise of social mobility through hard work and dedication, is really a smoke screen intended to distract the public from the real threats facing both the working and middle classes.


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