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Poverty PropagandaExploring the Myths$
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Tracy Shildrick

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323976

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323976.001.0001

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Poverty, labour markets and ‘poor work’

Poverty, labour markets and ‘poor work’

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(p.65) Four Poverty, labour markets and ‘poor work’
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Poverty Propaganda
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Tracy Shildrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323976.003.0004

This chapter looks at working-class employment. Millions of people experience poverty despite their commitment to working hard in paid employment, which fails to raise them out of poverty. This issue is an increasingly important piece of the poverty jigsaw in contemporary Britain; but it remains hidden behind the simply and easily digested rhetoric of poverty propaganda. An overriding conclusion from many years of researching these sorts of issues in deprived neighbourhoods with high rates of worklessness is that it is very difficult to find people who have never had a job or who choose a lifetime on out-of-work benefits, even when one is determinedly searching for them in some of the most deprived locales in the UK.

Keywords:   paid employment, poverty propaganda, working-class employment, poor, worklessness

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