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- DescriptionIn Fostering Automy, Elizabeth Ben-Ishai explores the role of the state in fostering automy in vulnerable citizens-such as people who are addicted to drugs, domestic violence survivors, welfare recipients, and undocumented immigrants-through social service delivery. Building on a feminist conception of relational automy, the book draws on empirical examples of service delivery to generate a rich theoretical account of the automy-fostering state. Ben-Ishai's analysis focuses on four case studies. The first two cases, on New Paternalist programs and welfare policies for immigrants, present examples of programs and policies that fail to foster automy. This is in part because they are premised upon flawed tions of the automous individual and its relationship to the state. The second two cases, on services for domestic violence survivors and harm-reduction services for people who use drugs, turn the preceding automy-fostering failures on their head, pointing to unique instances of services that effectively enable automy. These cases demonstrate the ways government services shape citizens' abilities to live automously- to pursue their own ends or life plans.
- Author Biography<strong>Elizabeth Ben-Ishai</strong> is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Albion College, USA.
- Author(s)Elizabeth Ben-Ishai
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2012
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight316 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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