No One Left behind? an Institutional Ethnography on Indigenous Women's Experiences in Social Assistance
Anchored with the embodied experiences in the local, this study traces beyond what happens at the specific time and space to examine the trans-local social relations of social assistance, which coordinate the particularity of individuals’ experiences in encountering government policy and system. In this article, first I examine the institutional discourses, which attach to poverty and social assistance in the context of contemporary Taiwanese society. Then I illustrate how the government policy and institutional processes work to create the group of people who are eligible for entitling social assistance. Third, I explicate why and how the particular group of indigenous women are “unqualified” for social assistance. I examine how the material constraints and ideological discourses work together to (re)shape their gendered and racialized experiences.