Since 2008 political and media attention has focused on the allegedly problematic behaviour of drug users who ‘choose’ to pursue their ‘habit’ at the expense of the hardworking taxpayer. This forms part of the ‘new welfare commonsense’, which censures welfare dependency and stigmatises
drug users as ‘undeserving’ claimants, entrenching the ‘war on drug user’ discourse. This article makes a significant contribution to recognising that stigma is a substantial barrier to recovery. It identifies ways of challenging the ‘scrounger’ narrative as applied to drug users through more informed media reporting and less coercive approaches to address drug and welfare dependency.
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
Published inThe Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
CitationWINCUP, E. and MONAGHAN, M.P., 2016. Scrounger narratives and dependent drug users: welfare, workfare and warfare. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(3), pp. 261-275.
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NotesThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. The definitive publisher-authenticated version WINCUP, E. and MONAGHAN, M.P., 2016. Scrounger narratives and dependent drug users: welfare, workfare and warfare. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(3), pp. 261-275. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982716X14721954315084