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The cycle of deprivation and the concept of the underclass.

Welshman, John (2002) The cycle of deprivation and the concept of the underclass. Benefits : the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 10 (3). pp. 199-205. ISSN 0962-7898

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Abstract

In drawing on the concept of social exclusion, New Labour has been keen to distance itself from the longer-term 'underclass' discourse. At the same time, phrases such as 'cycle of deprivation' and 'problem families' are used with little sense of their earlier history. This article examines Sir Keith Joseph's theory of the 'cycle of deprivation' with regard to the longer-term history of the idea of an underclass. It argues that the cycle of deprivation can be seen as a chronological stepping-stone between related ideas. Nevertheless there are also important differences between the problem family, cycle of deprivation, and underclass formulations.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Benefits : the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 13623
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2008 15:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 11:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13623

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