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Uneasy and powerless: views from the online consultation

Beth Watts and David Utting

in Contemporary social evils

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424099
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.003.0003
Uneasy and powerless: views from the online consultation

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The concept of ‘social evil’ is one that resonates in modern Britain. The consultation exercise, which is described in this chapter, tapped into issues about which people cared deeply. A number of themes stand out in the analysis of responses: individualism, declining community and greed; misuse of drugs and alcohol; declining values; social virtues; family breakdown and poor parenting; inequality and poverty; and apathy, failed institutions and a democratic deficit. These themes are specifically discussed and they stand out. However, six further themes deserve particular mention since, despite being less dominant, they are clearly important issues that participants in the consultation felt especially strongly about. These are: violence and crime; gender inequality; religion; social diversity, immigration and intolerance; health and social care; and the environment. Cutting across all the responses to the online consultation came an overarching sense of unease about rapid social change.

Keywords: social evil; online consultation; individualism; drug misuse; alcohol misuse; poor parenting; poverty; violence; gender inequality; religion

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