Postmodern Welfare: Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project by Peter Leonard

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Peter Leonard presents an available research of debates concerning the challenge of the welfare kingdom lower than the modern stipulations of postmodern scepticism and the triumphs of world marketplace capitalism. within the final 20 years Western governments have sought to interchange the post-war welfare compact with neo-conservative individualism. The clients for the Left glance bleak. even as, postmodern critique increases profound questions on the validity of a mass politics of emancipation in accordance with the common values of justice, cause and progress.

From a serious viewpoint based in Marxism and feminism, Leonard makes use of parts of postmodern deconstruction to think about how we'd now re-think the current and way forward for welf

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We might acknowledge that at this point in history white bourgeois males, even as disaffected intellectuals, have as a popUlation disqualified themselves from the leadership of emancipatory movements: the narrative of resistance against oppression indicts them. But the risks of solidarity must be accepted even as it is necessarily approached with great caution and a healthy scepticism about its objectives. Ultimately, the actual interdependence of individual identities and cultures means that emancipation from the late capitalism of global exploitation must be on a broad front and that nothing less can provide the degree of critique and political challenge which is necessary in order to have any impact at all.

48, 49), commenting on Bhabha ( 1 983). In this dominant colonial discourse, the Other, the 'native' of subordinated cultures, is domesticated by exclusion, internalizes herself as Other and can only achieve 'progress' by becoming 'white' through accul­ turation, through renouncing the culture of the Other. The process of 'passing' for white, either physically or symbolically, is a recurrent feature of white societies, illustrated most powerfully, perhaps, in the late stages of the colonization of North America.

At its most ambitious, social democratic welfare could be envis­ aged as creating those morally superior prefigurative forms and relationships which would be the precursors of the social arrangements of a future where human need could be more fully met. Welfare was to be built on the One through the provision of universal services, services directed to individuals but designed to encourage a community 'oneness'. In the West, these socialist ideals of the state-planned well-being of its citizens received their coup de grace when the long international economic boom came to an end.

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