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Reflecting on the adaptation from F.Field An Agenda for Britain'

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Beggars Question 1 After reading item A, 'How to sweep these beggars from our streets', it is evident that David Marsland is very much arguing in favour of issues relating to right realism. Right realism began in the1970's and 1980's in the United States as part of the general dominance of new right ideas. In terms of crime and deviance, right realism can be seen as a response to the increasing development of the underclass (groups of people who are so deprived that they fail to enter a class). Right realists were also reacting against idealist conceptions of crime; they argued that crime was a reaction against the social democratic assumptions of the post-war years, and that it was not a result of poverty but a decision made by the individual of their own free will. ...read more.


that crime could best be curtailed by reducing poverty, increasing educational attainment, eliminating dilapidated housing...Early in the decade of the 1960's, this country began the longest sustained period of prosperity since World War II...Crime soared. It did not just increase a little; it rose at a faster rate and to higher levels than at any time since the 1930's." (Wilson, 1975). Marsland also highlights what he believes is causing the rise in modern begging; his views include: * "The hand-out culture of the decaying Welfare State" * "The cultivation of tolerance for 'doing nothing' and 'doing your own thing' by teachers, intellectuals and political leaders." * "The impact values of the sloppy alien thinking of the 1960's." ...read more.


In reference to begging, Field blames poverty and unemployment, and questions- "not why there are so many crimes committed in inner-city areas, it is, rather, why aren't there more?" Field show's respect for beggars; he points out how they attempt to keep clean, how they queue quietly to get food and how they endeavour not to bring attention to themselves with the exception of when they are begging, and even then they sit peacefully. Field also brings awareness to the fact that some beggars drink, and states how he believes it is amazing that they don't want to be drunk all the time! From reading Field's work it is evident that he opposes the right realist approach, and in reference to beggars, it seems he very much sympathises with them. ...read more.

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