Statist Capital and the Public Good of the Danish Welfare Nation-State, 1945–1970s: A Comparative Historical Case Study of Individuals, Groups, and Professional Interventions

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Abstract

This chapter argues that welfare state professionals’ treatment of minority groups has played a defining role in shaping and determining the Danish welfare nation-state’s inner workings, that is, the public good understood as a justifying referent for governing. The professional work defining and constructing these minority groups serves as an important prism for understanding statist capital and the public good functioning as the legitimating source of governing during the Danish welfare nation-state’s constitutive years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStatecrafting on the Fringes : Studies of Welfare Work Addressing the Other
EditorsTrine Øland, Christian Ydesen, Marta Padovan-Özdemir, Bolette Moldenhawer
Number of pages67
PublisherMuseum Tusculanum
Publication date25 Sep 2019
Pages33-89
Chapter2
ISBN (Print)978-87-635-4645-4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Welfare state
  • Minorities
  • Professionals
  • Sociology

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