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Title: Scrounger narratives and dependent drug users: welfare, workfare and warfare
Authors: Wincup, Emma
Monaghan, Mark P.
Keywords: Drug use
Drug policy
Social security
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Policy Press
Citation: WINCUP, E. and MONAGHAN, M.P., 2016. Scrounger narratives and dependent drug users: welfare, workfare and warfare. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, doi:10.1332/175982716X14721954315084.
Abstract: Since 2008 political and media attention has focused on the allegedly problematic behaviour of drug users who ‘choose’ to pursue their ‘habit’ at the expense of the hardworking taxpayer. This forms part of the ‘new welfare commonsense’, which censures welfare dependency and stigmatises drug users as ‘undeserving’ claimants, entrenching the ‘war on drug user’ discourse. This article makes a significant contribution to recognising that stigma is a substantial barrier to recovery. It identifies ways of challenging the ‘scrounger’ narrative as applied to drug users through more informed media reporting and less coercive approaches to address drug and welfare dependency.
Description: This paper is closed access until 3rd October 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1332/175982716X14721954315084
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22908
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982716X14721954315084
ISSN: 1759 8273
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