Underclass: A History Of The Excluded, 1880 2000 John Welshman

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Underclass: A History Of The Excluded, 1880 2000 by John Welshman
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Who are those at the bottom of society? There has been much discussion in recent years, on both Left and Right, about the existence of an alleged underclass in both Britain and the USA. It has been claimed this group lives outside the mainstream ofMoreWho are those at the bottom of society?

There has been much discussion in recent years, on both Left and Right, about the existence of an alleged underclass in both Britain and the USA. It has been claimed this group lives outside the mainstream of society, is characterised by crime, suffers from long-term unemployment and single parenthood, and is alienated from its core values. In Underclass: A History of the Excluded, 1880-2000 aJohn Welshman shows that there have always been concerns about an underclass, whether constructed as the social residuum of the 1880s, the problem family of the 1950s or the cycle of deprivation of the 1970s.

There are marked differences between these concepts, but also striking continuities. Indeed a concern with an underclass has is many ways been as long as an interest in poverty itself. This book is the first to look systematically at the question, providing new insights on contemporary debates about behaviour, poverty and welfare reform. In a speech in 2006, Tony Blair signalled a major push on social exclusion.

He aimed to show the Governments determination to tackle a hard core underclass estimated at 1 m people. The focus in Whitehall had moved to what were termed high-risk, high-harm and high-cost families, and to children in care, teenage mothers, and people with mental health problems on benefit. In all of this, the rhetoric of a cycle of deprivation, and of inter-generational continuities, was ever-present, and it is those continuities that this book seeks to explore.



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