Edited by Will Atkinson, Steven Roberts and Mike Savage
‘A timely and welcome attempt to make a public debate about enforced austerity and amplified
entitlements. Drawing on substantive research findings from experts across a wide range of fields,
the book is essential reading for those who want to understand what is really happening at the
moment. It reveals how it is not just the economy and politics that are being radically reshaped
but people’s hopes, desires and futures.’ – Beverley Skeggs, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths,
University of London, UK
About the Book
When the Coalition Government came to power in 2010 in claimed it would deliver not just
austerity, as necessary as that apparently was, but also fairness. This volume subjects this pledge
to critical interrogation by exposing the interests behind the policy programme pursued and their
damaging effects on class inequalities. Situated within a recognition of the longer-term rise of
neoliberal politics, reflections on the status of sociology as a source of critique and current debates
over the relationship between the cultural and economic dimensions of social class, the
contributors cover an impressively wide range of relevant topics, from education, family policy and
community to crime and consumption, shedding new light on the experience of domination in the
early 21st Century.
About the Editors
WILL ATKINSON is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Sociology,
Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.
STEVE ROBERTS is Lecturer in Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Kent, UK.
MIKE SAVAGE is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science,
UK Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bergen, Norway and York, UK and Visiting Research
Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK.
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