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Sickness Benefit Recipients - New Society 50 Years On

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 03 October 2012

Sickness benefit claimants and their fear of the 'brown envelope'. Laurie Taylor hears about a new study into the views and experiences of the long term sick and disabled in the context of ongoing welfare reforms. The researcher, Kayleigh Garthwaite, highlights their ambivalence - whilst some have a deep seated anxiety about losing rights and income; others hope it will distinguish between the genuinely ill, such as themselves, and those that are 'faking'. Also, the former social science magazine 'New Society' broke new and radical grounds in its creation of a space for thoughtful debate about everyday culture and social issues; showcasing the ideas of academics and intellectuals as diverse as Angela Carter and Richard Hoggart. A former editor, Paul Barker, analyses the heyday and legacy of 'New Society' 50 years after its launch. He's joined by the writer, Lynsey Hanley and the Professor of Cultural Studies, Fred Inglis.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Kayleigh Garthwaite

    Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography, Durham University

    Paper “Fear of the brown envelope: sickness benefits recipients and welfare reform”
    Given at the 'Hardest Hit: Disability research and welfare reform” symposium organized by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds on September 20th

    Find out more about Kayleigh Garthwaite
  • Paul Barker

    Former editor of New Society, writer and broadcaster, and senior research fellow at the Young Foundation

    The Other Britain
    Publisher: Routledge and Kegan Paul
    ISBN 0-7100-9340-3

    Find out more about Paul Barker
  • Lynsey Hanley

    Journalist and Writer

    Estates: An Intimate History
    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 1862079854
    ISBN-13: 978-1862079854

    Find out more about Lynsey Hanley
  • Professor Fred Inglis

    Author, Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield and former contributor to New Society

    History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN-10: 0691150052
    ISBN-13: 978-0691150055

    Find out more about Fred Inglis



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