SRO Rapid Response Call: Representations of the Poor and the Politics of Welfare Reform: ‘Benefits Street’ and Beyond

Recent public debate in the UK surrounding Channel 4’s ‘Benefits Street’ documentary has highlighted an apparent proliferation of media representations of unemployed and/or working class lives that emphasise themes such as dependency, laziness, anti-social behaviour and criminality. At the same time, welfare reform has become increasingly central to public debate and policy making in many countries across the world. This rapid response call invites sociological consideration of the relationships between contemporary cultural representations of the poor and political/ideological developments with respect to welfare and social security.

Rapid Response articles should be up to 3000 words in length. Please indicate that the article is in response to this call on your submission.

Authors are encouraged to submit articles as soon as possible after the call and papers are reviewed and published (if accepted) as they come in. The final deadline is 30 April 2014.

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