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Criminalizing Race, Criminalizing Poverty: Welfare Fraud Enforcement in Canada


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The criminalization and penalization of poverty through increased surveillance and control of welfare recipients in recent years has led many poverty advocates to claim that "a war against the poor" is currently in progress. The authors argue that poor people in general and people of colour in particular are most often the casualties in governments’ desire to roll back the welfare state. Relying on myths and stereotypes about racial difference, the envorcement and policing of welfare fraud policies constructs people of colour and the poor as potential "cheaters" and "abusers" of the system. This has allowed for the stigmatizing and discriminatory treatmet of these people to persist unchallenged within the welfare system.

KIRAN MIRCHANDANI is an associate professor in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. WENDY CHAN is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.

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