The broken society versus the social recession
Abstract:A debate on values is an important part of politics, but clarity of terms is also important. There is a major difference, despite their apparent similarities, between the Tories' notion of the 'broken society' and the concept of 'social recession'. The Cameronite reinstatement of society into the Tory vocabulary has become increasingly linked to a simultaneous rejection of the big state, based on the idea that it is the state that has made individuals so feckless, individualistic, selfish, etc. In fact these values that are so widely deplored on all sides are produced by the dominant culture. Making individuals to blame for adopting them is therefore unhelpful: a less blinkered politics would point instead to the forces that produce the social recession. There is a further paradox in the Cameronite plan for intensified state intervention to induce the kind of socially responsible behaviours that will obviate state intervention.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 25, 2010
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