Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745336183 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Cut Out

Living Without Welfare

Jeremy Seabrook

Cut Out

Jeremy Seabrook

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745336183 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
From the ale-house drunks of the Victorian era to the obese benefit scroungers of today, civilization has consistently pinned blame and shame for any societal issues on the poorer classes. In reality, the recent dismantling of crucial welfare state sections by both the U.K.’s Labour and Conservative governments has resulted in the emergence of a new, harshly disadvantaged layer of British society. Growing numbers of unemployed citizens have been deserted, their voices obscured. In Cut Out, journalist Jeremy Seabrook talks to these silenced communities in order to expose the cruel realities of the situation the British government has created for some of its most vulnerable citizens. Seabrook uncovers the many routes to poverty caused by welfare reforms and explores the brutally honest stories of Britain’s most devastated lives.
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. Conclusion

 
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
"Seabrook has spent his writing career bringing to light the hidden - or, rather, deliberately overlooked - reality of lives spent in unyielding poverty."
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