Book Talk:  They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back! Welfare Rights Activism in an Era of Retrenchment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs 5391

Presented by Ellen Reese, UC Riverside, Sociology

Discussant: Zeke Hasenfeld, UC Los Angeles, School of Public Affairs


About the Speakers:


Ellen Reese

Ellen Reese is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Her research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, and poverty and work.  She is author of They Say Cutback; We Say Fightback! Welfare Activism in an Era of Retrenchment (2011, American Sociological Association’s Rose Series) and Backlash Against Welfare Mothers: Past and Present (2005, University of California Press). She is also co-author of The World Social Forums and the Challenges of Global Democracy (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and co-editor of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and A Handbook of World Social Forum Activism (2012, Paradigm Publishers).


Zeke Hasenfeld

Dr. Zeke Hasenfeld's research focuses on the dynamic relations between social welfare policies, the organizations that implement these policies and the people who use their services.  Professor Hasenfeld has done theoretical and empirical research in conceptualizing human service organizations and applying organizational theory to understand their structural features. He has explored the strategies these organizations use to relate and adapt to their environment; how these affect their internal structures and services; how they structure the relations between staff and clients; and the consequences of these relations on clients' well-being. In recent years, his research has focused on the implementation of welfare reform, especially the ideological, political and economic processes that have shaped it. He has studied the changes in the organization of welfare departments, and how such changes have affected the relations between workers and recipients. Currently, he is studying the role of non-profit organizations in the provision of social services. He has recently completed an analysis of the impact of welfare reform.


This event is cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Sociology and the UCLA Department of Social Welfare