In pursuit of “the welfare trait” : recycling deprivation and reproducing depravation in historical context

  title={In pursuit of “the welfare trait” : recycling deprivation and reproducing depravation in historical context},
  author={Michael C. Lambert},
  journal={People, Place \& Policy Online},
  • M. Lambert
  • Published 17 November 2016
  • Economics
  • People, Place & Policy Online
Adam Perkins’ The Welfare Trait outlines the most recent attempt to provide substance to the existence of an underclass, based on the idea of a shared ‘welfare-induced’, ‘employment-resistant’ personality amongst benefit claimants. Following in the footsteps of historian John Macnicol who went ‘in pursuit’ of the underclass, this article travels ‘in pursuit’ of the welfare trait by situating its claims in historical context through a comparison of the post-war study by William Tonge, Families… 

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