Begging Questions: Street-Level Economic Activity and Social by Hartley Dean

By Hartley Dean

Begging is largely condemned, yet little understood. it truly is more and more noticeable, but politically arguable. notwithstanding begging is associated with problems with road homelessness, psychological overall healthiness, and social exclusion, this booklet makes a speciality of begging as a particular type of marginalized monetary job. It appears at: the importance of face-to-face touch among beggars and passers-by; the preoccupation with the class of beggars; the stigma linked to begging and decisions required through the passer-by; and where of begging within the spectrum of casual fiscal task. The e-book additionally takes under consideration the voices of beggars themselves.

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They are alcoholics, or today – drug addicts – and they are sexually immoral. Above all they may be dangerous – the aggressive beggar of contemporary tabloids. Yet these views are counter-intuitive. ). If vagrancy was such a good life, why don’t we all do it? At a time of economic prosperity, we could expect a growth in people begging; siphoning off the excess income of the prosperous. But begging grows at times of social and economic crisis. Passivity Dyer observes (1989, p 235) that in medieval England, the poor were not defined in economic terms, but politically and legally: they lacked power.

Hotten returns time, and again, to the parallels between Victorian Britain and 16th-century Germany: ... they [the tricks] should still be found amongst the arts to deceive thoughtless persons adopted by rogues and tramps at the present day. (Hotten, 1860, p 50) ... it is remarkable that many of the tricks and manoeuvres to obtain money from the unthinking but benevolent people of Luther’s time should have been practised in this country at an early date. (Hotten, 1860, p 51) ... these half-famished looking impostors, with clean aprons, or 34 Why begging offends carefully brushed threadbare coats, who stood on the curbs of the public thoroughfares begging ...

Even though enforcement by officials is now discreet or absent, the tower blocks that characterised accommodation in towns and cities are still orderly, clean and relatively safe places to live (with the exceptions of those unsalubrious ghetto quarters to which Roma gypsy families have been consigned). Standards of politeness on public transport are high, and there is a noticeable absence of litter and graffiti in most city environments. During the ‘golden age’ of welfare states, variations in the visibility of social problems, and enforcement of controls on street-level activity, were similarly explicable in terms of policing, regulation and civic culture.

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