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The Violence of Austerity

Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. (2017). The Violence of Austerity. London: Pluto Press.

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Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain.

In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte bring together the voices of campaigners and academics including Danny Dorling, Mary O’Hara and Rizwaan Sabir 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, exposing austerity to be a form of systematic violence.

Covering a range of famous cases of institutional violence in Britain, the book argues that police attacks on the homeless, violent evictions in the rented sector, the risks faced by people on workfare schemes, community violence in Northern Ireland and cuts to the regulation of social protection, are all being driven by reductions in public sector funding. The result is a shocking exposé of the myriad ways in which austerity policies harm people in Britain.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 Vickie Cooper and David Whyte
ISBN: 0-7453-9948-7, 978-0-7453-9948-5
Keywords: austerity; violence; Welfare State; financial crisis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 50406
Depositing User: Victoria Cooper
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 15:16
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