Chips and cheese and a massive fucking TV: Stephen Crossley on representations of Britain’s impoverished

I’ve written a blog for Pluto Press, linked to the book. You can see it by clicking on the link below

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Crossley T03151From Jamie Oliver’s ‘chips and cheese’ and a ‘massive fucking TV’ comments, to the sneering ‘Benefits Street’, absent from the discourse on Britain’s poor is discussion of the material processes that cause poverty. Instead we see a committed Othering of poor people; a belief in social pathologies and moral inferiority. In this blog, Stephen Crossley author of In Their Place, explores this manipulation of public discourse; examining how often ethnographic research, and the institutions that fund it, often reinforce these stigmatising narratives through methodological approaches and practices.

In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty explores how spaces of poverty and representations of disadvantaged people are used by politicians, the media, policy makers and academics to ensure a gap in inequality remains and that everyone knows where the poor belong.


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In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty

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My first book (whooppeee!) is being published by Pluto Press on 20th August. And it isn’t on ‘troubled families’…

It’s about the way that different spaces and places are used in the depiction of marginalised groups in politics and social policies.

If you’re interested, you can read the first chapter of the book for free here

More info on the book can be found here

And if you’re tempted to buy it, you can get a 30% discount off the price of £18.99 by entering the promotion code: PLACE in the box in this link here

If anyone has any questions about the book, please ask and I’ll certainly try and answer them.

Best wishes,