‘Making trouble’: a Bourdieusian analysis of the UK Government’s Troubled Families Programme

It’s now official, I’m a Doctor.

My PhD thesis is now available online here

And a summary of the thesis and the research, which I have produced for anyone who is interested, but not interested enough to wade through nearly 100,000 words, can be found by clicking on the link below: https://akindoftrouble.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/crossley_making_trouble_summary.pdf


I have received a lot of help and support from followers of this blog over the course of my research and so I would like to thank those people here. You have helped make the PhD a (largely) very enjoyable experience and I know many of you who have read blog posts or provided me with information have shared some of my many frustrations with the programme. I hope my research and writing might have helped in some small way, but I’m not entirely convinced that that will be the case…

Please circulate the summary as widely as possible, if you can, and the thesis although I appreciate that will be a bit of a hard sell to many people. I would like people involved with the programme, in whatever capacity, to read a bit of my research, or at least be aware of it, if possible. I’d also be very interested in speaking to anyone about the research – policy-makers, practitioners, families, etc. so if you are interested in that, please get in touch with me at Northumbria University here:  https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/c/stephen-crossley/

Very best wishes,



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

The Pluto Press Blog - Independent, radical publishing

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.


Members of the public could be forgiven for barely batting an eyelid when David Cameron announced in 2014…

View original post 1,836 more words

In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty

Hi-Res Cover

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,