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