Women and the politics of austerity: New forms of respectability

  title={Women and the politics of austerity: New forms of respectability},
  author={Mary Evans},
  journal={British Politics},
  • M. Evans
  • Published 29 November 2016
  • Sociology
  • British Politics
The relationship of women to conditions of material austerity is often characterised as having two main themes: women as recipients of charity and the question of which women are entitled to various forms of charitable and state assistance. This paper discusses the ways in which discourses about women and charity are highly moralised, assuming both that women are unlikely to ‘ask for more’ and that women have to be ‘good’ and ‘respectable’ in order to deserve public assistance. In the… 
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