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It may appear that the problem of homelessness is strictly a third-world malaise. Indeed, surrounded by gleaming accoutrements of economic stability and first-world fortunes, it is all too easy to turn a blind eye to the marginalised members of our society who, for a variety of reasons, have not been able to partake of the material benefits enjoyed by their richer fellow citizens…
(Fitzpatrick, 2001.) Whatever the reason is, the stark and painful truth is that the homeless live among us, drifting and teetering precariously, and it is the duty of law and policy to ensure that the mechanisms are in place so that they may not be left behind - fall within the cracks, as it were.
In order to understand the intricacies of Britain's Social Policy (Alcock, 2003) - its strengths as well as its weaknesses, for indeed there are many from both-- it is imperative to begin by examining its ideological moorings.
But it is not sufficient merely to understand the obviously self-interested basis of these social relations of production. What is critical for my purpose - that is, the analysis of ideological conflict - is to grasp the nature of the normative filter through which these self-interested actions must pass and how and why they are socially transformed by this passage. Why, in other words, is economic power "euphemized" in this fashion and what are the consequences of its euphemization From one perspective, what the wealthy did was to transmute a portion of their disproportionate economic means into forms of status, prestige and social control by means of acts they passed off as voluntary acts of generosity or charity. ...
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