Talking about Needs: Interpretive Contests as Political Conflicts in Welfare-State Societies

@article{Fraser1989TalkingAN,
  title={Talking about Needs: Interpretive Contests as Political Conflicts in Welfare-State Societies},
  author={Nancy Fraser},
  journal={Ethics},
  year={1989},
  volume={99},
  pages={291 - 313}
}
In late-capitalist, welfare-state societies, talk about people's needs is an important species of political discourse. We argue, in the United States, for example, about whether the government ought to provide for health and day-care needs, and indeed, about whether such needs exist. And we dispute whether existing social-welfare programs really do meet the needs they purport to satisfy or whether, instead, they misconstrue those needs. We also argue about what exactly various groups of people… Expand
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