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Poverty Propaganda: Exploring the Myths

Tracy Shildrick

Abstract

Does ‘real’ poverty still exist in Britain? How do people differentiate between the supposed ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor? Is there a culture of worklessness passed down from generation to generation? Bringing together historical and contemporary material, this book sheds new light on how poverty is understood in contemporary Britain. The book debunks many popular myths and misconceptions about poverty and its prevalence, causes and consequences. In particular, it highlights the role of ‘poverty propaganda’ in sustaining class divides in perpetuating poverty and disadvantage in contempor ... More

Keywords: poverty, undeserving poor, deserving poor, worklessness, poverty propaganda, class divides, disadvantage, contemporary Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447323976
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323976.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy Shildrick, author
University of Newcastle