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P66- Working, behaving and other routes to entitlement. Constructing local social citizenship

PANEL Organizers :
• Sztandar-Sztanderska Karolina (, University of Warsaw, Institute of Sociology (Poland)

• Theiss Maria (, University of Warsaw, Institute of Social Policy (Poland)


According to a growing body of literature on rescaling, territorialisation and individualisation of social policies, access to social services became to a greater extent dependant on organisations situated in sub-national territorial units, multilevel networks of various organisations and street-bureaucrats who are responsible for judgement of individual “deservingness” (Brenner 2009, Kazepov 2010, Andreotti at al. 2012, Dubois 2012). Moreover, criteria put in place when it comes to social rights seem to treat more and more seriously status on labour market as well as personal attitudes and behaviours toward employment. These topics are commonly discussed in welfare state literature under the terms of “workfare” or “activation” of social protection systems, “conditionality”, “responsibilisation” and “contractualisation” (Barbier, Ludwig-Mayerhofer 2004; Serrano Pascual, Magnusson 2007; Borghi, van Berkel 2007). Critical accounts also point out risks inherent in these contemporary welfare state transformations, especially when it comes to a growing number of people in precarious position (Dubois 2007; 2009). In contrast to dominant institutional and organisational perspectives, we propose to pay attention to models of an “ideal citizen” inherent in local policy processes that affect traditional “routes of entitlement” (Turner 2001). More precisely this panel focuses on local practices and narratives that regulate and legitimise access to various social services, such as childcare, healthcare, social assistance, etc. Social citizenship is therefore understood in line with Turner (2001:192) as “a set of processes for the allocation of entitlements, obligations and immunities within a political community, these entitlements [being] based on a number of principles”. We acknowledge feminist and critical notions of citizenship (Lister 2001, Nakano Glenn 2011, Yuval-Davis 2011) which stress simultaneously a status and a practice. We invite papers that are interested in how local policies introduce distinctions between potential service users and the effects of these boundaries on people, whose careers are precarious.

Working, Behaving and other routes to entitlement, Constructing local social citizenship.

Sciences Po Lille  B2.3

SESSION 1 : 8/07/2015 : 13:15-14h45
Chair: Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska (, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Discussants: Maria Theiss (, University of Warsaw (Poland), Flávio Eiró (, CMH (France), Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Brazil), Kay Cook (,  RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)

  • Responsibilization discourses in Australian welfare and child support policy: Gendered alignments and contradictions
    Kay Cook (,  RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)
  • Local social citizenship: the case of preschool education in Poland
    Maria Theiss (, University of Warsaw (Poland)

SESSION 2 : 8/07/2015 : 15:00-16:30
Chair: Maria Theiss (, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Discussants: Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska (, University of Warsaw (Poland), Paolo Graziano (, Università Bocconi (Italy)

  • Every day practices, struggles and challenges in the provision of inclusive local employment services. A comparative analysis
    Lara Monticelli (,  Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy) (S)
    Deborah Rice (, Oldenburg University (Germany)
    Paolo Graziano (, Università Bocconi (Italy) (S)
    Serida Catalano (, Università Bocconi (Italy)
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