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Poverty Safari Paperback – 2 Nov 2017
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Part memoir, part polemic, this is a savage, wise and witty tour-de-force. An unflinching account of the realities of systemic poverty, Poverty Safari lays down challenges to both the left and right. It is hard to think of a more timely, powerful or necessary book. --J.K. Rowling
Nothing less than an intellectual and spiritual rehab manual for the progressive left. --Irvine Welsh
Poverty Safari is one of the best accounts of working-class life I have read. A scan of the injuries poverty leaves in Britain, which manages to be humane, angry and wise all at the same time. McGarvey is a rarity: a working-class writer who has fought to make the middle-class world hear what he has to say. --Nick Cohen
About the Author
Darren McGarvey, better known by the stage name Loki, is a Scottish rapper and hip hop recording artist, who has made regular media appearances on BBC Scotland and STV as a social commentator. Through his music and writing, McGarvey has looked at deprivation and expressed his belief in the importance of community and social responsibility.
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This may be the most honest book I have ever read.
I have bought four copies - so far. You should buy one.
I can identify coming from somewhere in the underclass
I am a `frayed edge human` fat and food ridden I stroll through my life......from a family of prostitutes, druggies, alki`s, child abusers, mad folk and on and on.....
What words Darren McGarvey uses and he uses them well and without embarrassment, marvellous thank you
The integrity with which it's written challenges the reader to examine their own views and prejudices, to look for the truth in the views held by people whose politics we don't share and to attempt a critical consideration of the beliefs that hold ourselves.
I'm lucky enough that I don't live in poverty. This book offers an insight into why many that do can find it hard to avoid destructive behaviours. But it doesn't just excuse those behaviours. Instead it deals with how society, government, our parents and ourselves all have a role to play in improving our lot. There's a focus too on pragmatism in politics. We live in a society where people are becoming more and more strident in condemning those who think differently from themselves. Is this righteous zeal helping us to make a better world or would finding more consensus prove more helpful?
Woven through the other themes is the author's own inspiring story. From abuse, addiction and mental illness to what seems to be a much brighter future.
Truly a humble writer and book on themes of poverty and resilience. Step one to becoming a truly effective community activist in these modern times, read this book, no excuses. Seriously, after all my experiences of learning, joining, and running for political office both locally and for Parliament, I genuinely wish I'd have seen and read this book first. I truly comprehensive eye-opener to both personal circumstances, politics, and the TRUE solutions to both community and wilful economic poverty. You may find even though its chapters are small that they will cause a paradigm shift in the way you perceive poverty. Take short tea breaks to process what's been written, this will help you lot.
Here's a breakdown of what you can expect in each chapter.
1. Creative writing in prisons
2. Dread, and domestic violence
3. Language and its impact on social conduct
4. Emotional insecurity and growing up
5. The rigged system of class rights and entitlement
6. Housing and living standards
7. Dysfunctional family traits
8. Local activism and barriers
9. Environmental and political resistances.
10. Stressful memories and psychology
11. Homelessness, benefits, drugs, and shame
12. Gentrification and regeneration projects
13. Youth clubs, funding conflicts, and community development
14. Social inequality, the conditions of your upbringing
15. The overall impact of being raised in poverty
16. Abuse and social deprivation
17. Parental influence, lived perspective, and opportunity
18. Tokenistic problem teens, biased storytelling in the media.
19. Food addiction, impulse control, too many options.
20. The new definition of poverty, cultural exclusion
21. Disproportionate media coverage, social deprivation and exclusion
22. Ownership of community spaces, silent libraries, and inconsistent youth services
23. Resilience ad community activism ''Struggle forces us to evolve...''
24. A dehumanised society, personal bias.
25. Moral diversity, influences, dismissing concerns
26. Identity politics, pathological oversimplification
27. Grief closure, personal stuff
28. Reminiscing, substances, addiction.
29. Changing principles, beliefs, self-interests
30. personal responsibility, externalisation of problems, and self-delusions
31. Life expectancy, class disparity, resentment, clarity
32. Misdirected thinking, false beliefs, life perspective.
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