Bus Reads: Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain

Game of Thoughts

Starting off a new effort to get blogging I have decided to kick-off with a new category of blog posts: Bus Reads. Basically its a book review section of books I have read on the bus – quite simple.

McKenzie, L. (2015) Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain. Britain: Policy Press

There are quite a few terms branded about in relation to this text: poverty, austerity, inequality are just some. But this really produces what I felt was the key challenge for the text as a whole, a potential lack of focus. There is some initial discussion of poverty but this is not really defined or linked to any of the contemporary definitions of poverty. However you get the impression that this is not really the focus as the discussion moves beyond this initial, and brief, focus on poverty to consider class and culture – specifically working class…

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