Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745399485 Published June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337463 Published September 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Violence of Austerity

Edited by David Whyte and Vickie Cooper

The Violence of Austerity

Edited by David Whyte and Vickie Cooper

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745399485 Published June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337463 Published September 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008, Britain’s government put into effect a hotly contested series of major cuts in public expenditure with the stated aim of restoring economic security. Since then, this reign of austerity continues to devastate contemporary Britain through a disconnected and unaffected political elite.
 
In The Violence of Austerity, David Whyte and Vickie Cooper bring together the passionate voices of campaigners and academics to show that rather than stimulating economic growth, austerity policies have led to a dismantling of the social systems that operated as a buffer against economic hardship. Chapters from major contributors—including Danny Dorling, Mary O’Hara and Rizwaan Sabir—show how austerity is a form of institutional violence more socially harmful and far-reaching than other more politicized and publicized forms of violence, such as terrorism or gun violence. Contributors expose highly significant cases of this institutional violence driven by public sector cuts: police attacks on the homeless, violent evictions of the rented sector, risks faced by people on workfare, and more. The Violence of Austerity is a devastating, authoritative study of the myriad ways austerity policies harm people in Britain that will resonate with anyone concerned with the increasing power of the political elite and the future of social welfare.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Violence of Austerity
Vickie Cooper and David Whyte
Part I Deadly Welfare
1. Mental Health and Suicide
Mary O’Hara
2. Austerity and Mortality
Danny Dorling
3. Welfare Reforms and the Attack on Disabled People
John Pring
4. The Violence of Workfare
Jon Burnett and David Whyte
5. The Multiple Forms of Violence in the Asylum System
Victoria Canning
6. The Degradation and Humiliation of Young People
Emma Bond and Simon Hallsworth
Part II Poverty Amplification
7. Child Maltreatment and Child Mortality
Joanna Mack
8. Hunger and Food Poverty
Rebecca O’Connell and Laura Hamilton
9. The Deadly Impact of Fuel Poverty
Ruth London
10. The Violence of the Debtfare State
David Ellis
11. Women of Colour’s Anti-Austerity Activism
Akqugo Emejulu and Leah Bassel
12. Dismantling the Irish Peace Process
Daniel Holder
Part III State Regulation
13. Undoing Social Protection
Steve Tombs
14. Health and Safety at the Frontline of Austerity
Hilda Palmer and David Whyte
15. Environmental Degrataion
Charlotte Burns and Paul Tobin
16. Fracking and State Violence
Will Jackson, Helen Monk and Joanna Gilmore
17. Domicide, Eviction and Repossession
Kirsteen Paton and Vickie Cooper
18. Austerity’s Impact on Rough Sleeping and Violence
Daniel McCulloch
Part IV State Control
19. Legalising the Violence of Austerity
Robert Knox
20. The Failure to Protect Women in the Criminal Justice System
Maureen Mansfield and Vickie Cooper
21. Austerity, Violence and Prisons
Joe Sim
22. Evicting Manchester;s Street Homeless
Steven Speed
23. Policing Anti-Austerity through the ‘War on Terror’
Rizwaan Sabir
24. Austerity and the Production of Hatw
Jon Burnett
Notes on contributors
Index
 
Review Quotes
Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
"The Violence of Austerity is a dazzling collection of short essays which detail how state violence is unfolding in Britain on multiple scales and in myriad forms. This comprehensive mapping of the effects of this war against human welfare marks an important intervention in debates about the future of British state. It is also an important historical record of the ways in which people are resisting the depletion of their families and communities by bureaucratic agents of neoliberal capitalism."
Chunky Mark, Artist Taxi Driver
"In this brilliant book, Cooper and Whyte bring together the arguments that break down the sick Tory Party political violence against the people of Britain. This book shows that there is only one response to the imposition of austerity as a crude and violent political strategy, and that is to turn our anger back against the Tories."
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