The Co-Production of State and Poors Mediated By a Sociotechnical Device: A Socioeconomic Stratification Card
The research follows the different stages of this procedure of classification and shows the double performative process that happens. On the one hand, this process contributes to the shaping of connections, networks and forms of state social intervention, as well as to the meaning and core identity of those networks and activities as component of the state. On the other hand, this process classifies individuals as deserving poor or non-poor, conditioning their self-conception. This is a dynamic and interactive process, in which families subject to classification resist and rebel, using the means at their reach, with adaptive strategies not anticipated by the state, to enforce what they consider their poverty condition. These strategies lead to a cumulative result that can be conceived as "normalized fraud" and it ends up being partially legitimized by the state bureaucracy that fails to stop it. All this stabilizes a particular form of relationship between the state and individuals, characterized by dependence and instrumental manipulation.