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Contemporary social evils$
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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.001.0001

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Uneasy and powerless: views from the online consultation

Uneasy and powerless: views from the online consultation

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(p.26) (p.27) 3 Uneasy and powerless: views from the online consultation
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Contemporary social evils
Author(s):

Beth Watts

David Utting

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.003.0003

The concept of ‘social evil’ is one that resonates in modern Britain. The consultation exercise, which is described in this chapter, tapped into issues about which people cared deeply. A number of themes stand out in the analysis of responses: individualism, declining community and greed; misuse of drugs and alcohol; declining values; social virtues; family breakdown and poor parenting; inequality and poverty; and apathy, failed institutions and a democratic deficit. These themes are specifically discussed and they stand out. However, six further themes deserve particular mention since, despite being less dominant, they are clearly important issues that participants in the consultation felt especially strongly about. These are: violence and crime; gender inequality; religion; social diversity, immigration and intolerance; health and social care; and the environment. Cutting across all the responses to the online consultation came an overarching sense of unease about rapid social change.

Keywords:   social evil, online consultation, individualism, drug misuse, alcohol misuse, poor parenting, poverty, violence, gender inequality, religion

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