Life in the Debt Trap: Stories from Children and Families Struggling with Debt

Life in the Debt Trap: Stories from Children and Families Struggling with Debt

by Sorcha Mahony, Larissa Pople


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One of the defining features of contemporary life in the United Kingdom for those who are not wealthy is a struggle with debt. Life in the Debt Trap presents the extent of that problem and its devastating effects on people and families, in powerfully human terms. Sorcha Mahony tells the stories of seventeen families and their real-life struggles to keep up with the debt they have accumulated in their attempts to secure shelter, food, and the other necessities of life. Based on extensive interviews, the book brings attention to a problem that is largely ignored, and sure to galvanize political action. Life in the Debt Trap is a powerful statement about the difficulties faced by ordinary people in the United Kingdom today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447341093
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 06/23/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sorcha Mahony has worked as a freelance researcher for high-profile agencies including the Children’s Society and Public Health England. Larissa Pople  is a senior researcher at the Children’s Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface: The origins of this book ix

Introduction and methodological note 1

1 The journey 14

2 Isolation 19

3 Loss 26

4 Luxuries and necessities 34

5 Who cares? 40

6 The elephant in the room/consumerism 48

7 Guilt 53

8 The Others 58

9 Keeping up appearances 66

10 The child 74

11 The tyranny of the small things 81

12 Juggling 88

13 The downside of help 93

14 The debt premium 98

15 Dreams 103

16 The gift 110

17 Our participants 119

Concluding reflections 121

Notes 141

References 142

Index 149

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