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Cut Out

Cut Out

Living Without Welfare

Jeremy Seabrook

Series: Left Book Club



(with free eBook)



Cut Out speaks to people whose support from the state – for whatever reason – is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable.

Britain's welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, that cornerstone is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences. The establishment paints pictures of so-called 'benefit scroungers', the disabled, the sickly and the old.

In Cut Out: Living Without Welfare, Jeremy Seabrook speaks to people whose support from the state - for whatever reason - is now being withdrawn, rendering their lives unsustainable. In turns disturbing, eye-opening, and ultimately humanistic, these accounts reveal the reality behind the headlines, and the true nature of British politics today.

Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.

Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer. He has written for the New Statesman, Guardian, Times and Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of numerous books including Pauperland (Hurst, 2013), The Song of the Shirt (Hurst, 2015) and Cut Out (Pluto, 2016).

'For half a century, in one delicately textured study after another, Seabrook has established himself as perhaps Britain's finest anatomist of class, deindustrialisation, migration and the spiritual consequences of neoliberalism' - Sukhdev Sandhu, Guardian

'Giving a voice to the many people who have become increasingly isolated and unsupported in their struggle to survive, this is a useful resource for activists campaigning for social justice and against the government's cuts' - Peace News

1. Introduction
2. Welfare Cuts: the wider context
3. Being there; a sense of place
4 The fall of industrial male labour
5. Benefit Fraud
6. A Fate Foretold
7. Sheltered accommodation
8. Zubeida
9. Azma
10. Kareema
11. Born at the wrong time
12. Abigail
13. Adele and Clifford
14. Zero Hours: Graham Chinnery
15. Andrea
16. Carl Hendricks
17. Arif Hossein
18. The idea of Reform
19. People with Disability
20. Amanda
21. Survival: Belfort
22. In the Benefits Labyrinth; Lorraine
23. Jayne Durham
24. Paula
25. Violence against Women
26. Faraji
27. ‘Doing the Right Thing’
28. Grace and Richard
29. ‘It Can Happen to Anyone’
30. Andrew
31. Lazy Categories
32. The secret world of ‘welfare’
33. Self-Employment as a Refuge
34. Joshua Ademola
35. The right thing and the wrong result: Dayanne
36. The roots of alienation
37. Imran Noorzai
38. Farida; the duty of young women
39. Welfare and Mental Health
40. Alison: the loneliness of being on benefit
41. Kenneth
42. Marie Fullerton
43. Gus: A Picaresque Life
44. Stolen Identities: epitaph for a working class
45. Conclusion
Published by Pluto Press in Jun 2016
Paperback ISBN: 9780745336183
eBook ISBN: 9781783718047

256 pages

129mm x 198mm

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