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This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.
Chapter 7: A New Culture of Poverty?
A New Culture of Poverty?
This chapter will explore what I have called the ‘new culture of poverty’ which brings together neuroscience research, anthropological/sociological research into culture and poverty and theories of attachment. These various strands are synthesised to produce a narrative which condemns poor families, and in particular mothers, as behaviourally and culturally deficient in parenting their children. This idea in turn erroneously explains why children fail to break out of the cycle of poverty as it is transmitted from one generation to the next. This new culture of poverty expresses itself in government policy and influences social work approaches to the poor.
Many social workers may observe the impact that poverty has on the service users they work with. ...