Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Daniel Edmiston

The poverty and riches of social citizenship in the UK: how lived experiences affect attitudes towards welfare, rights and responsibilities

My research investigates how lived experiences affect conceptions of social citizenship in the UK. I am exploring the attitudes and experiences of two distinct sample groups: employed individuals on an above average income living in affluent areas, and unemployed low-income individuals living in deprived areas. To understand any sense of alienation or belonging felt by these two groups, I explore the material and symbolic significance of socio-economic circumstance, but also how social policy instruments and political discourse affect citizen status and attitude formation.

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