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Poor People Power: The State, Social Provisions, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement

An American Conversations Lecture with Marisa Chappell

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The highly segmented U.S. welfare state has shaped citizenship status, bolstering the status of recipients of social insurance and other “hidden” benefits while demeaning low-income recipients of means - tested assistance as “anti-citizens,” denigrated for their visible dependence on the state.  But welfare state programs have also offered the most vulnerable a site for democratic engagement and the opportunity to articulate alternative visions of political and social citizenship. 

This lecture explores the history of such efforts – both their successes and the tensions and contradictions they have encountered – and suggests some of the lessons they may offer in an era of welfare restructuring.

Memorial Union (campus map)
MU206: Asian/Pacific Room
Robert Peckyno
(541) 737-8560
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion