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Conference | Leiden Interdisciplinary Disability Seminar

Seminar and booklaunch 'Marginalized Groups, Inequalities and the Post-War Welfare State'

Thursday 30 January 2020
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

On the occasion of the publication of the volume Marginalized Groups, Inequalities and the Post-War Welfare State, you are warmly invited to attend a seminar about the book with Prof. Jet Bussemaker, Dr. Anouk de Koning and the editors Prof. Monika Baar and Dr. Paul Van Trigt.

During the seminar we will discuss the main ambitions of the volume: its focus on marginalized groups, its engagement with the problem of inequality and its critical scrutiny of the dominant narrative of the post-war welfare state. The volume builds on recent criticism of the assumption about the existence of unique national welfare state models as well as of the criticism of the model-based approaches to welfare states.  Rather than dispensing with these analytical categories, the contributions in the volume test their limitations through the examination of inequalities in the welfare state from the perspective of marginalized groups. The editors argue that any study of the welfare state should take into account its transnationality, its inherent links to processes of immigration, Europeanization and globalization. Moreover, the volume aims to demonstrate that social policies addressing marginal groups have often deviated from dominant welfare trajectories. From the vantage point of these groups both the welfare-state consensus and the subsequent neoliberal consensus fostered unexpected inequalities.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us on Twitter @ERC_Rethinking or to send an email to: rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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