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Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348562

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.001.0001

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Consumers without money: consumption patterns and citizenship among low-income families in Scandinavian welfare societies

Consumers without money: consumption patterns and citizenship among low-income families in Scandinavian welfare societies

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(p.79) Seven Consumers without money: consumption patterns and citizenship among low-income families in Scandinavian welfare societies
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Cash and care
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Pernille Hohnen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.003.0007

This chapter examines the creation of new forms of poverty and social vulnerability in contemporary Scandinavian welfare states by analysing the relationship between access to consumption on the one hand, and the experience of welfare and social integration on the other. The analysis builds on empirical results from a primarily qualitative, comparative research project on social vulnerability and consumption carried out in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Understanding the social dimension of consumption becomes particularly significant in the light of the increased individualisation and marketisation of the Scandinavian welfare states epitomised by a change in political regulation as well as by a shift in political rhetoric (from ‘citizen’ to ‘consumer’).

Keywords:   poverty, social vulnerability, welfare state, social integration

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