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How It WorksRecovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia$
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Robert P. Fairbanks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226234083

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226234113.001.0001

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How It Works

Robert P. Fairbanks

University of Chicago Press

This book is a study of the recovery house movement and its place in the new urban order wrought by welfare reform. To find out what life is like in these recovery houses, it goes inside one particular home in the Kensington neighborhood. The politics of poverty in the Kensington recovery house movement is broad and complex. The book considers how self-help in the Philadelphia recovery house movement may be operating as a technique for solving social and political problems such as addiction, poverty, devolution, and retrenchment. The movement may therefore enact the inner logic of welfare policy mechanisms designed to provide, simultaneously, the means for individual autonomy, minimal security, and risk management in the post-welfare age. The book uses the recovery house, as well as the concept of recovery, to analyze how impoverished alcoholics and addicts are governed in post-industrial Philadelphia. It explores the extent to which recovery houses enable the state to achieve multiple regulatory objectives at a single site.

Keywords:   Philadelphia, recovery houses, welfare reforms, poverty, social problems, political problems

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