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In pursuit of “the welfare trait”: recycling deprivation and reproducing depravation in historical context

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In pursuit of “the welfare trait” : recycling deprivation and reproducing depravation in historical context. / Lambert, Michael.

In: People, Place and Policy Online, Vol. 10, No. 3, 17.11.2016, p. 225-238.

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title = "In pursuit of “the welfare trait”: recycling deprivation and reproducing depravation in historical context",
abstract = "Adam Perkins{\textquoteright} The Welfare Trait outlines the most recent attempt to provide substance to the existence of an underclass, based on the idea of a shared {\textquoteleft}welfare-induced{\textquoteright}, {\textquoteleft}employment-resistant{\textquoteright} personality amongst benefit claimants. Following in the footsteps of historian John Macnicol who went {\textquoteleft}in pursuit{\textquoteright} of the underclass, this article travels {\textquoteleft}in pursuit{\textquoteright} of the welfare trait by situating its claims in historical context through a comparison of the post-war study by William Tonge, Families without Hope, which sought to identify a common psychological maladjustment in {\textquoteleft}problem families.{\textquoteright} The common intention, methods and recommendations of the two studies underline their shared purpose: to transfer the social and policy problems associated with poverty from their socio-economic context and the culpabilities of the state to finding the problem in individual families, identifying their behaviour as problematic and proscribing solutions rooted around cultivating personal responsibility.",
author = "Michael Lambert",
year = "2016",
month = nov,
day = "17",
doi = "10.3351/ppp.0010.0003.0004",
language = "English",
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