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The doctrine of ‘hard working’ is the worst kind of religion

Evans, Mary (2013) The doctrine of ‘hard working’ is the worst kind of religion. British Politics and Policy at LSE (23 Oct 2013). Website.

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Mary Evans explores the outbreak of rhetoric about ‘hard work’ and argues that it has two functions: it serves to somehow make the performer of that task a better person, whilst at the same time legitimating vicious policies towards those who are not ‘hard working’; and second, in framing that latter category as the thieves of the rewards of the worthy it encourages us to avoid remembering that the rewards for the ‘hard-working’ are getting fewer and fewer: disposable income is decreasing as are all forms of public support.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 08:05
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 23:18

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