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Class, dignity and self-esteem

Maier, George (2016) Class, dignity and self-esteem. Researching Sociology (18 May 2016). Website.

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By George Maier, a master’s student of Critical Theory and Politics at the University of Nottingham. His research interests focus on complicating perspectives of inequality. @GeorgeMaier During a House of Commons debate on the government’s flagship Universal Credit programme this January, Erewash MP Maggie Throup asserted: ‘let’s face it, self-esteem and dignity are so much higher when income comes from earnings rather than from the taxpayer’. Her remark speaks to the extent that demonisation of the working class has became embedded within our political system, it is framed as if general knowledge, as if this is accepted and depoliticised speech. In reality, her comment is deeply divisive in a community already weakened by six years of regressive austerity.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 10:58
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:36

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