This chapter considers how ordinary social practices, in this case claiming state welfare beneﬁ ts because of worklessness and ﬁ nancial necessity, have come to be seen as a form of deviance, particularly within the popular media and by some politicians. As a consequence large swaths of the working class have become demonised. Some might look to welfare claimants for signs of resistance to contemporary capitalism’s degrading forms of work, or might think to ﬁ nd examples of canny ‘ducking and diving’ that outwits the state beneﬁ ts bureaucracy. Yet what many sociologists, social policy researchers and psychologists will tell them is that, in fact, unemployed people tend to have deeply conventional views about the moral, social and ﬁ nancial value of working.
|Title of host publication||Shades of Deviance|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|