Poor-Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion

by Jean Swanson

Between the Lines | March 13, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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The special language of poor-bashing disguises the real causes of poverty, hurts and excludes people who are poor, cheapens the labour of people who have jobs, and takes the pressure off the rich.

Swanson, a twenty-five year veteran of anti-poverty work, exposes the ideology of poor-bashing in a clear, forceful style. She examines how media "poornography" operates when reporters cover poverty stories. She also reveals how government and corporate clients use poor-bashing focus groups. To make the book even more useful Swanson includes key chapters on the history of poor-bashing.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

Published: March 13, 2001

Publisher: Between the Lines

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 189635744x

ISBN - 13: 9781896357447

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Appropriate for ages: 16 - 16

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Poor-Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion

by Jean Swanson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

Published: March 13, 2001

Publisher: Between the Lines

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 189635744x

ISBN - 13: 9781896357447

About the Book

The special language of poor-bashing disguises the real causes of poverty, hurts and excludes people who are poor, cheapens the labour of people who have jobs, and takes the pressure off the rich.Swanson, a twenty-five year veteran of anti-poverty work, exposes the ideology of poor-bashing in a clear, forceful style. She examines how media "poornography" operates when reporters cover poverty stories. She also reveals how government and corporate clients use poor-bashing focus groups. To make the book even more useful Swanson includes key chapters on the history of poor-bashing.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What Poor People Say About Poor-Bashing
  • Chapter 2: History: Making the Rich Better Than the Poor
  • Chapter 3: History: Keeping the Myth Alive
  • Chapter 4: History: Justifying the Race to the Bottom
  • Chapter 5: Using Language to Corrupt Thought
  • Chapter 6: The Media and Politicians: Poor-Bashing Today
  • Chapter 7: The New Poor Laws: Helping Employers and Cheapening Labour
  • Chapter 8: Substituting Charity for Justice
  • Chapter 9: Bashing Yourself: Clashing Silently with Privilege
  • Chapter 10: Challenging Poor-Bashing Within and Around Us
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Sources

From the Publisher

The special language of poor-bashing disguises the real causes of poverty, hurts and excludes people who are poor, cheapens the labour of people who have jobs, and takes the pressure off the rich.

Swanson, a twenty-five year veteran of anti-poverty work, exposes the ideology of poor-bashing in a clear, forceful style. She examines how media "poornography" operates when reporters cover poverty stories. She also reveals how government and corporate clients use poor-bashing focus groups. To make the book even more useful Swanson includes key chapters on the history of poor-bashing.

About the Author

Jean Swanson lives in Vancouver and works with End Legislative Poverty. She was the national chair of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO).

From the Author

"There are laws that help the rich that don?t help the poor. You have different choices available to you if you are rich than if you are poor." Jean Swanson in conversation with Joanna Fine, March 2001 JOANNA FINE : How would you define poor-bashing for those who may not be familiar with the term? JEAN SWANSON : Poor-bashing is when people who are poor are stereotyped, ignored, blamed, patronized, pitied, falsely accused of being drunk and having large families and not looking for work. Other ways are institutional, for example, low welfare rates is a type of poor-bashing. Having poverty in a world where it is possible to eliminate it is a type of poor-bashing. JF : What do you say to people who argue that Canada is a rich country and people who are poor choose to live that way? JS : There is a section in the book in which I ask that question to a single mother that I interviewed. She said ?I didn?t choose to be on welfare. Harris made choices that put me where I am.? The latest wealth stats have just come out. They show the poorest half of Canada?s population to have 6 per cent of the wealth, and the richest half to have 94 per cent. There is a general opinion that the way to get some of that 94 per cent is to get an education and a job but it?s not because there are laws that prevent people without money from getting into that 94 per cent. There are laws that help the rich that don?t help the poor. You have different choices available to you if you are rich than if you are
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Editorial Reviews

"Unlike more academic works, Swanson''s makes a direct connection between history, policy, socio-political structures, and the person in the street. Her arguments are easy to follow and her style is fresh."

Appropriate for ages: 16 - 16