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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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Presumably, the best way to find out about levels of use and abuse in the underclass is to conduct surveys with representative samples of minority youth living in underclass neighborhoods and to compare them to white youth living in neighborhoods that are as nearly comparable as possible.
Those whose interests are served by masking the unwillingness of the society to pursue the redistributive policies necessary to deal with the underclass phenomenon often find aid and comfort among educators who have become frustrated by disappointing results from even the most carefully crafted and expertly implemented school improvement programs.
So, the Mizrahi have always been the underclass in Israel.
"The voice of the Underclass confronts the paradox of being an active cog in the very capitalist, commercial machine that controls them."
Most people in government and councils will extract the maximum expenses they can get away with, often their greed risking jail, and I would like to ask Iain Duncan Smith, scourge of the underclass, what first attracted him to his multi-millionaire wife?
Our 'underclass' formed one part of the poorest or most disadvantaged of these three strata.
Brand replies: " It's not that I'm not voting out of apathy, I'm not voting out of absolute indifference, and weariness, and exhaustion from the lies, treachery, deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations now and has now reached a fever pitch, where we have a disenfranchised, disillusioned, despondent underclass that is not being represented by that political system, so voting for it is tacit complicity with that system."
For 40 years, centre left governments have relentlessly pursued 'progressive/modernising' policies in welfare, education and law and order and this has spawned a feckless, idle, wild, selfish, uneducated and criminal underclass, a group of whom are now terrorising the decent folk of the town.
It is a sad truth that the 60 deaths per annum that they claim will be avoided are likely to be of the poor and feckless underclass who, while doubtless being mourned by a few friends and family, would probably otherwise go unmissed in the greater scheme of things.
The so called 'underclass' he contemptuously refers to is nothing knew.
Globalization has created a multicultural underclass trapped within tight neighborhood pockets, and some educators question if limited language and experiences reinforce dysfunctional ways.
Summary: The Justice Secretary has blamed the UK riots on a penal system that fails to stop a "feral underclass" reoffending.