Hate the Poor: The New Politics of Loathing

In this Open Learn ‘mini module’, Dr Mark Smith discusses a shift in attitude towards the poor in society evidenced by the Social Attitudes Survey:

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The article cites stories from newspapers such as the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Daily Express that refer to the ‘feral inner city waifs and strays’ involved in the 2011 riots as well as more contemporary issues including public spending cuts and child poverty.

Thinking about the arguably one-sided view of the world present by the newspaper listed here, students can work to provide the front page of an impartial newspaper to outline the ways in which Smith says that we now typically have a ‘new politics of loathing’. There are various newspaper templates that can be used online, and example being

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