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Words matter: deconstructing ‘welfare dependency’ in the UK

Garrett, Paul Michael (2016) Words matter: deconstructing ‘welfare dependency’ in the UK. British Politics and Policy at LSE (07 Mar 2016). Website.

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Should the dominant narratives of politicians such as Ian Duncan Smith influence our perceptions about the ‘poor’? Have ideologically underpinned debates portraying those on welfare as being lazy and having an easy life, become part of collective public perceptions? With 2016 marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Williams’ Keywords, an interrogation of the taken-for-grantedness of specific words, Paul Michael Garrett demonstrates how there is a pressing scholarly and political need to question and interrogate focal words and phrases within the neoliberal lexicon. Here, he looks at ‘welfare dependency’.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 17:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 20:31

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