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POVERTY PORN

“Being Poor is Not Entertainment”: Class Struggles against Poverty Porn

by Imogen Tyler The fate of groups is bound up with the words that designate them. (Bourdieu, 1984) Aust[ralian] election public sick of public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers …

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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 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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