People tend to treat the poor as if their poverty is their own fault—as if the conditions of disempowerment that we entrap them in are in reality the product of their own ineptitude or bad life decisions.
Accusations like that not only rob people of rights and opportunities, they're also deeply hurtful.
Mary O'Hara is an award-winning journalist and author specialising in social policy and social justice. She was inspired to write about these issues in part because of her experience of childhood poverty growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In her new book, The Shame Game, she asks how attitudes of blame and condescension that perpetuate inequality and social division can be overturned.
Hear Mary O'Hara read an excerpt from her book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.
ISSUE 4 SUMMER 2019
2 Phineas Foster | The London Yoot Bible
3 Stephen Games | Moving London north
4 Trevor Pateman | Philosophical bites
5 Antonio Spilimbergo and Krishnan
Srinivasan | Brazil’s chances of recovery
6 Naguib Mahfouz | Egyptian stories
7 Peter and Susan Barrett | Greece in the
8 Lynne Pettinger | Workplace problems
9 Steven King | Archives of English
10 Paul and Julie Knoepfler |Building a
11 20th Century Society |100 churches
12 Keith Kahn-Harris | Antisemitism and
13 Peta Tait | Victorian animal abuse
14 Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter
50 examples of intellectual property
15 Vivien Whelpton | Richard Aldington
16 Susan Barrett | Novel set in wartime
17 Linda Lo Scuro | Novel set in Sicily
18 Stan L. Abbott | Novel about psychosis
19 Carla Gagliardi | Novel set in Italy
ISSUE 1 AUTUMN 2018
4 Eddie Thomas Pedersen | Danish novel
5 Helena Rosenblatt | A history of
6 Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Schleifer
7 Royal Academy | Klimt and Schiele
8 Michael Rosen | Socialist fairy tales
9 Jonathan Edwards | Gen (new Welsh
10 Nolen Getz | Nihilism and technology
11 Ian Shircore | Clive James’s songs
12 Kenneth Powell | Arup Associates’
14 David Gladstone | British diplomat's
memoir of Sri Lanka
15 Peter Hain | Nelson Mandela biography
16 Catherine McIlwaine | Tolkien's
17 Dermot Turing | Breaking ‘Enigma’
18 Stefan Muthesius and Miles Glendinning
High-rise public housing
19 Chris Honor | Chriskitch cookbook
20 Robert Best | English modern design
21 Stephen Games | Cat language
21 Anon | The memories of an estate agent
FROM ISSUE 7 SPRING 2020
Have you ever had difficulty telling Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump apart?
No? You may not have spent as much time with Labour Party activists as Dimitri Batrouni.
Dr Batrouni is a councillor, has worked in Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, helped in the US presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012, and now teaches public policy at the University of Bristol.
In the last two chapters of his new book, he looks at how senior figures in the Labour Party discussed policy ideas under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and reveals surprising parallels—always denied by Corbyn—between Corbyn's stances and those promoted by Donald Trump.
The book is the product of extensive research within the Labour Party.
Hear Dimitri Batrouni read an excerpt from his new book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.