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SOCIETY

A Review of “Getting By” and the ‘Culture of Poverty’ theory

By Steve Crossley There is an old cartoon depicting Jesus’ final words which has being doing the rounds on Twitter recently. In the image, Jesus expressly states that he doesn’t …

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SOCIETY

Resisting Criminalisation – Supporting ‘Sites of Resistance’

By Becky Clarke, Kathryn Chadwick and Patrick Williams  There is a growing commitment within a group of critical criminologists at Manchester Metropolitan University to exposing, analysing and campaigning around social …

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SOCIETY

Purple Wall Problem

By Penny Anderson My bedroom has three dirty, off-white walls (magnolia – the blandness of choice for buy to let rentiers) while one (just one) wall is a vibrant, intrusive …

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POLICY

Embracing Our Everyday

If anti-poverty actions are to make a difference, they must have an impact on the everyday experiences of people, making life better on a daily basis, while also moving towards …

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ECONOMY

Payday lending

By Carl Packman There were celebrations at the start of the new year by many who have been campaigning against the unscrupulous behaviour of the payday lending industry: at last …

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SOCIETY

The new, British Hikikomori?

By Robert MacDonald, Teesside University In Japan there is a thing called Hikikomori. It is difficult to describe to British people, where there has been no obvious parallel. In Japan, …

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SOCIETY

Working the edges in and against the State

By Joe Penny When we think about resistance to the politics of austerity and its effects, we often think of visible and embodied forms of protest: people marching on the …

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POVERTY, YOUNG PEOPLE POVERTY PORN
POVERTY PORN

From ‘People Like Us’ to ‘Kids Like Me’

Charlotte McCarthy When the BBC3 series People Like Us first aired in early 2013, it was met with conflicting reactions. The ‘welfare dependency’ rhetoric that contaminates public opinion sparked outrage within politics and …

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POVERTY PORN

Imagine Turning the Camera Lens Around

The second series of ‘People Like Us’, focusing on Chelmsley Wood in the Midlands, was aired on BBC Three on recently. Much like the previous series, it focused on stereotypes of …

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POVERTY PORN

Poverty Porn and the War on Welfare

By Tracey Jensen In August this year, Iain Duncan-Smith announced his intentions to get ‘even tougher’ on the welfare system and to further reduce the Household Benefit Cap. The Cap formed …

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