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Poverty and class May 21, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

John Harris had an excellent point in a review of Kerry Hudson’s book Lowborn – on her early life and how poverty characterised this. Yet Harris notes:

If the book has a flaw, it is not in the telling of the story, but some aspects of the way Hudson and her experiences are framed. In the introduction, she lists questions she wrote Lowborn to answer, which include: “What did it mean to be working class any more?” The online promotional blurb includes a prominent quote from the food writer Jack Monroe, claiming that reading Lowborn will allow the reader to “really understand the complexities of being born working class in Britain”. But Hudson’s story is about a life lived at the edges and extremes, and trying to universalise it perhaps runs the risk of playing into a host of modern prejudices. The 21st-century discourse about class and inequality has a tendency to equate “working class” with “poor” and move at speed into assumptions about chaos and degeneracy.

That seems to me to be a crucial distinction to make – and not to do so robs agency from the working class rendering them the subject of processes beyond their control rather than agents in and of themselves.


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