“It’s just bullshit”: Welfare Discourse and the Special Needs Grant

It is troubling that when Work and Income caseworkers have met welfare recipients who are working hard but struggling financially to raise children on a benefit, they still manage to arrive at opinions about their character. I’ve listened to the same stories of hardship told to staff at Work and…

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Sam’s Story

This post was transcribed directly from a focus group recording made during my research. The woman’s name has been changed and any information that could potentially identify her has been removed. In places I have inserted words for clarity (enclosed within square brackets), and in others I have taken out words…

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