Scroungers, Strivers, and Single Mothers: Reproductive Justice and the British Welfare State in Ken Loach’s Social Realism

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The chapter provides an analysis of British policy and the “welfare state” in relation to reproductive justice theory. While the promise of housing, health care, education, and economic protections seem aligned with the goals of reproductive justice, the
effects of austerity measures have created a different reality especially for lowincome families and single mothers. Oliver-Powell argues that Loach’s social
realist storytelling effectively uses the white working-class mother trope to
critique contemporary welfare policy and highlight the lack of reproductive
justice in British society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Reproductive Justice and Literature
EditorsBeth Widmaier-Capo, Laura Lazzari
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9783030995294, 9783030995324, 9783030995300
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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