Class Inequality in Austerity Britain

Power, Difference and Suffering

  • Will Atkinson
  • Steven Roberts
  • Mike Savage

About this 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.


education government poverty society sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Will Atkinson
    • 1
  • Steven Roberts
    • 2
  • Mike Savage
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BristolUK
  2. 2.University of KentUK
  3. 3.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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