Blame avoidance, Bourdieu, scapegoating, symbolic power, welfare
Taking a Bourdieusian perspective, this paper illustrates how one politically staged TV broadcast on a receiver of benefit payment has triggered political scapegoating in Denmark. The case has challenged the prevailing welfare state discourse and fostered the construction of a low class with a “sense of entitlement” by the media.
We show that the media adopted the notion of a “sense of entitlement” originally used by politicians. Welfare state critical phrases and proverbs experienced a revival.
We claim that this one-sided rhetoric abstracts from political responsibility and that power, agenda-building and rhetoric act as symbolic violence.
Lueg, Klarissa and Jakobsen, Andreas
"The Construction of a Class with a Sense of Entitlement: A Case Study on Political Rhetoric as Symbolic Violence in Denmark,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 43
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol43/iss2/6
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