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Britain's welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, that cornerstone is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences. The establishment paints pictures of so-called 'benefit scroungers', the disabled, the sickly and the old.In Cut Out: Living Without Welfare, Jeremy Seabrook speaks to people whose support from the state - for whatever reason - is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable. In turns disturbing, eye-opening, and ultimately humanistic, these accounts reveal the reality behind the headlines, and the true nature of British politics today.Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.32mm | 294.84g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 0745336183
  • 9780745336183
  • 1,252,583

About Jeremy Seabrook

Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer. He has written for the New Statesman, Guardian, Times and Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of numerous books including Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain (Hurst, 2013) and The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh (Hurst, 2015).show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Welfare Cuts: the wider context 3. Being there; a sense of place 4 The fall of industrial male labour 5. Benefit Fraud 6. A Fate Foretold 7. Sheltered accommodation 8. Zubeida 9. Azma 10. Kareema 11. Born at the wrong time 12. Abigail 13. Adele and Clifford 14. Zero Hours: Graham Chinnery 15. Andrea 16. Carl Hendricks 17. Arif Hossein 18. The idea of Reform 19. People with Disability 20. Amanda 21. Survival: Belfort 22. In the Benefits Labyrinth; Lorraine 23. Jayne Durham 24. Paula 25. Violence against Women 26. Faraji 27. `Doing the Right Thing' 28. Grace and Richard 29. `It Can Happen to Anyone' 30. Andrew 31. Lazy Categories 32. The secret world of `welfare' 33. Self-Employment as a Refuge 34. Joshua Ademola 35. The right thing and the wrong result: Dayanne 36. The roots of alienation 37. Imran Noorzai 38. Farida; the duty of young women 39. Welfare and Mental Health 40. Alison: the loneliness of being on benefit 41. Kenneth 42. Marie Fullerton 43. Gus: A Picaresque Life 44. Stolen Identities: epitaph for a working class 45. Conclusionshow more

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'Giving a voice to the many people who have become increasingly isolated and unsupported in their struggle to survive, this is a useful resource for activists campaigning for social justice and against the government's cuts' -- Peace News 'For half a century, in one delicately textured study after another, Seabrook has established himself as perhaps Britain's finest anatomist of class, deindustrialisation, migration and the spiritual consequences of neoliberalism' -- Sukhdev Sandhu, Guardianshow more

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