Disciplinary social policy and the failing promise of the New Middle Classes: the Troubled Families Programme

Alex Nunn, Daniela Tepe-Belfrage

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Abstract

This article looks at the promise of the ‘New Middle Class’ (NMC) inherent in the neoliberal ideological ideal of individualising societal responsibility for well-being and success. The article points to how this promise enables a discourse and practice of welfare reform and a disciplining of life styles particularly targeting the very poor in society. Women and some ethnic minorities are particularly prone to poverty and then therefore also discipline. The article then provides a case study of the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) and shows how the programme and the way it is constructed and managed partly undermines the provision of the material needs to alleviate people from poverty and re-produces discourses of poor lifestyle and parenting choices as sources of poverty, thereby undermining the ‘middle-class’ promise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119 - 129
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • disciplining social policy
  • Troubled families
  • (new) middle class
  • neoliberalism

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