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Stigmatising beliefs about people in poverty in cross-national perspective

McArthur, Daniel (2015) Stigmatising beliefs about people in poverty in cross-national perspective. Researching Sociology (30 Nov 2015). Website.

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LSE Sociology doctoral candidate, Daniel McArthur, describes his MSc research Open any edition of the most widely read British newspapers and you will see viciously stigmatising stereotypes about those suffering the hardships of poverty. Editorials decry ‘scroungers’ and ‘shirkers’, and accompany reports on the supposed criminality, immorality, and benefit fraud of those living in deprived housing estates. Politicians from across the ideological spectrum characterise poverty as the result of the laziness or poor life choices of the poor, and use this to justify deep cuts to welfare. Support for spending on the poor and unemployed in the UK is at its lowest point since the early 1980s (Taylor-Gooby, 2013). The stigma associated with poverty reduces support for the welfare state, as well as contributing to the shaming and humiliation that people in poverty experience in interactions with neighbours, employers, and public services.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Collections > LSE Researching Sociology Blog
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 13:34
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 23:15

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