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Underclass

The lowest level of the socioeconomic spectrum. The underclass may be intermittently employed but generally are thought to include long-term welfare recipients, drug and alcohol addicts, and petty criminals. They are distinguished from the working poor and the lower middle class.
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Brand retorts: "The planet is being destroyed, we are creating an underclass, we are exploiting poor people all over the world, and the genuine, legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by our political class.
The overclass-underclass alliance, he said, had seized on a new strategy for strengthening itself: the importation of massive underclass reinforcements via unrestricted immigration of poor, unskilled Third Worlders from regions of low civilizational achievement--people bound to end up on the elites' clientage rolls in perpetuity.
He must put into place measures to encourage people to move from the underclass into the working class, whether by carrot or stick.
In the boom years of the economy, Blair and Brown needed a glut of foreign labourers to take the jobs that the lazy underclass turned their noses up at.
Underclass Hero was Sum 41's long awaited follow-up to Chuck (October 2004), #10 on the Billboard 200 with more than 1 million copies sold worldwide.
The study demonstrates that while these inner-city working-class or underclass families are highly literate, committed to their children's success and capable of concerted cultivation that generates cultural capital, they continue to be held in a place of failure and disadvantage due to cultural and contextual barriers encountered in the inner city setting.
His premise states that there is a difference between poor people and people of the underclass.
Historically Black colleges and universities are trying to address the underclass, but they have their own problems.
She said the pressure which the reforms will place on schools "to compete" with each other for the best pupils "will result in a system where the poor, the dispossessed, the underclass will be educated in schools which will be shunned by the middle class".
While some use it as a synonym for poverty, others relate it more specifically to the notion of the underclass.
He speaks with indignation at how the press mischaracterized his leadership of the Clinton-sponsored "One America" task force and there is audible despair as he laments the indifference of many successful African Americans to the plight of the black underclass.