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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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Truncated opportunities: eliciting unheard voices on social evils

Truncated opportunities: eliciting unheard voices on social evils

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Contemporary social evils

Alice Mowlam

Chris Creegan

Policy Press

The Qualitative Research Unit at the independent research organisation, National Centre for Social Research, was commissioned to organise a series of discussion events so that a range of the potentially ‘unheard voices’ could be elicited. The priority was to include those people least likely to have heard about the initiative and those least likely to take part without a specific attempt to reach them. Views about ‘social evil’ are discussed. The dominant themes raised in the discussion groups were: excessive use of drugs and alcohol; family disruption; decline of community; fear of crime and prejudice; poverty; and immigration and unfairness. These dominant themes are specifically described. Participants often turned their attention to the issue of whether someone or something could be blamed for the social evils being discussed. Most commonly cited were the media and the government, although big business and religious institutions were also mentioned.

Keywords:   unheard voices, social evil, family disruption, crime, prejudice, poverty, immigration, unfairness, media, government

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