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No evidence of a dependency culture in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-08T10:15:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-08T10:15:15Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/4067
dc.description.abstract The roots of this debate go back many centuries to notions of the 'undeserving poor' entrenched in pre-welfare state Britain. However, the more recent roots are to be found in neo-liberal thought which emerged in the 1980s, particularly in the US, spreading to any state which offers cash transfers as part of its anti-poverty armoury and which has concerns that expenditure on state transfers is becoming a strain on the national fiscus. It is a disingenuous thesis. Its starting point is that the poor are responsible for their own poverty and are inherently indolent, preferring to rely on state support than entering the labour market. It ignores the role social grants can play in restoring dignity to the unemployed and in helping place the unemployed in a better position to seek employment. Worst of all it flies in the face of evidence that the unemployed, far from being feckless, have a strong attachment to the labour market, and would much prefer the opportunity to support themselves through paid work if the opportunity presents itself. Though the spectre of the `dependency culture? is most commonly raised by rightwing opponents of states espousing social democratic values in the northern hemisphere, its proponents have found sympathetic ears in South Africa. Often we hear it said that in South Africa social grants foster dependency and that people should be given a `hand-up?not a `hand-out? The view is often taken that a social safety net in the form of grants is anti-development, and is even antipathetic to home-grown anti-poverty solutions. This is far from the truth ? to be opposed to social grants for the unemployed, is to be aligned with western neo-liberals found in anglo-saxon states such as the US and to a lesser degree the UK. Research from developed countries which do provide a social security safety net has shown no evidence of a dependency culture. But what about the situation in South Africa? en
dc.format.medium Intranet en
dc.subject SOCIAL GRANTS en
dc.subject SOCIAL SERVICES en
dc.subject PUBLIC OPINION en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS) en
dc.title No evidence of a dependency culture in South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 5(4) en
dc.BudgetYear 2007/08 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle HSRC Review en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6567 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=16953 en
dc.PageNumber 6-7 en
dc.outputnumber 5198 en
dc.bibliographictitle Noble, M. & Ntshongwana, P. (2007) No evidence of a dependency culture in South Africa. <i>HSRC Review</i>. 5(4):6-7. en
dc.publicationyear 2007 en
dc.contributor.author1 Noble, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Ntshongwana, P. en


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