The book thus takes issue with the characterisation of the South African state as “developmental”. The crucial aspect of care is missing from the practice for this to be the case. Thus, while the grants address the immediate survival needs of many South Africans, social justice requires quite a different approach, an approach of care that would grant agency and dignity to recipients.
Hochfeld adopts a highly personal narrative style of writing that reflects the ethical standpoint that she took during her research. Telling a story is what makes her writing so strong and distinguishes it in the development literature. The book falls into the fields of development studies, and social welfare and social development. The following are possible keywords: social justice; gender justice; care; social development; poverty; social protection; southern welfare; family strengthening; developmental social work.
List of tables and figures viii
- The child support grant: Hopes for a transformative agenda 1
- ‘Please, sir, may I have some more?’ Social justice and the politics of redistribution 24
- Narrative without stories, stories without narrative 44
- A ‘hand-up’, not a ‘hand-out’ 66
- The more you need, the less deserving you are: Nandi’s story of poverty 90
- Choosing between security and freedom: Households and cash 114
- Social justice: We need cash and care 131
About the author 172
Appendix: List of publications by Tessa Hochfeld 173