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From 'vulnerable' to vanguard: challenging the Coalition

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The Coalition government argued that it would protect 'vulnerable people' from the effects of the swingeing public service cuts it was making in the name of reducing the 'public deficit'. Instead, some of the groups facing the most serious disadvantage and discrimination in our society – disabled and older people, poor people, people with chronic and life limiting conditions, mental health service users and people with learning difficulties – have become particular targets. But instead of accepting themselves as 'vulnerable' and powerless people to be attacked, they have emerged at the vanguard of resistance to the government, developing new forms of resistance and campaigning, building on innovative social networking and new technologies. They have thus confirmed Stuart Hall's vision of such excluded groups' potential to form the vanguard of opposition to such disempowering politics.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2012

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