Scroungers: Moral Panics And Media Myths


by Morrison, James

Scroungers: Moral Panics And Media Myths

Price:  US$28.80   (SGD40.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 328 pages
Published:  2019, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9781786992130
SB#:  062524 (105)

About This Book

Long a popular scapegoat for all manner of social ills, under austerity we've seen hostility towards benefit claimants reach new levels of hysteria, with the 'undeserving poor' blamed for everything from crime to even rising levels of child abuse. The proliferation of social media has added a disturbing new dimension to this process, spreading and reinforcing scare stories, while normalising the perception of poverty as a form of 'deviancy' that runs contrary to the neoliberal agenda. Provocative and illuminating, Scroungers explores and analyses the ways in which the poor are portrayed both in print and online, placing these attitudes in a wider breakdown of social trust and community cohesion.


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