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Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass

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The result is a pleasingly accessible book for those pressed for time (such as trainee EPs) as each chapter does not take long to read.

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey | Goodreads Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey | Goodreads

When the truth, whether we accept it or not, is that the neglected and abused kids, the unruly young people, the homeless, the alkies, the junkies and the lousy, irresponsible, violent parents are often the same person at different stages of their lives. IMO, this is a book encouraging the reader to challenge their own ego and assumptions, so if you are reading this in the hope of a pat on the back, you will probably be disappointed. I come from a Central Scotland working-class background of low expectations and dark undercurrents in everyday life. I would put forward that his personal history of familial abuse was a huge driver of his difficulties in life, rather than poverty per se. By the end, you’ll understand why this gripping work won the Orwell Prize for political writing, one of the UK’s most prestigious awards.I feel like this was so obvious to the author that he didn’t articulate it quite as clearly as some cynics may require.

Poverty Safari Summary of Key Ideas and Review - Blinkist Poverty Safari Summary of Key Ideas and Review - Blinkist

McGarvey also wants those who seek to understand poverty within the UK to actually listen to those who live within it.this book is (as McGarvey describes it himself) part “misery memoir” about his childhood growing up with an alcoholic mother in a poor area of Glasgow, sharing his own personal anecdotal experiences of what poverty means in late 20th century Scotland (he was 33 at the time of writing - in 2017). I understand as much as anyone who has never lived through his or similar experiences can understand. My experience as a trainee suggests that social justice discourse has gained prominence within my own university training course and local EP services.

Poverty Safari — Luath Press Poverty Safari — Luath Press

I believe our work within these communities would be aided by being aware of such frustrations, not least because they provide an opportunity to ask ourselves a reflective, yet potentially challenging, question. And if McGarvey had spent more time explaining how he managed to change and turn his critical eye upon himself. Somewhere in the middle of the book, MacGarvey himself makes a joke that he sold the book as a "misery memoir" -- making fun of himself for talking so much theory and not so much personal anecdotes. And McGarvey uses the word "outwith" several times in what felt like a deliberate attempt to force me to use a dictionary.I expect that some readers may disagree strongly with McGarvey’s analysis of intersectionality and its place within the broader discourse of social justice. But even if this were true, the anger itself was only useful when expressed at the correct moment, in the correct way.

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