SWP 302 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Heteronormativity, Social Equality, Afrocentrism

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Lecture 9: diversity & equality in the pluralist welfare state. Social programs generally developed to address poverty due to economic disparity in market economy system. Class, income level and source, age, family type. Redistribute wealth to assist those in need. Reality: social policy has (cid:374)e(cid:448)er (cid:271)ee(cid:374) (cid:862) a(cid:373)e for all(cid:863) Need social policy to respond to diversity and complexity of the lived reality of multiple needs not rigid universality. Not essentialize or based on homogenous classifications. You(cid:374)g (cid:894)(cid:1005)99(cid:1004)(cid:895): (cid:862)i(cid:374)tegratio(cid:374) i(cid:374)to the full life of the so(cid:272)iety should not have to imply assimilation to dominant norms a(cid:374)d a(cid:271)a(cid:374)do(cid:374)(cid:373)e(cid:374)t of group affiliatio(cid:374)s a(cid:374)d (cid:272)ulture(cid:863) Targeting/selectivity = top-down objective assessment of needs as defined by administrator (policy maker) Diversity = more subjective & self-determined bottom-up approach to need. Shift from universalism, standardization, uniformity to particularism, fragmentation, and diversity. No such thing as one unified citizen or community. Group identities as a matter of public policy. Seek affirmation & recognition of group difference.

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