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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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Finally, Callebert contests our argument that there is any conflict (or even difference) between the interests of formally employed, mostly urban trade union members and those of the mostly rural, unemployed households that comprise the underclass.
But Gus John, the Guyanan-born writer and activist who has worked in Afro-Caribbean community empowerment and British education for decades, recently said what white, liberally minded sociolinguists do not say aloud: that much of the dysfunction and pain experienced by the underclass is, to a significant extent, generated from within its own patterns of culture.
Middle Americans now face [the imperative] of constructing their own autonomous political movement that can take back their nation rather than assisting the new underclass and the globalist ruling class in breaking it up.
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.
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".
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.
While some use it as a synonym for poverty, others relate it more specifically to the notion of the underclass.
There is a strong underclass of feral young white men living on estates such as St John's in Liverpool's Huyton, and it's growing.
The IRA, which seeks the end of British rule in Northern Ireland, has represented itself internationally as a band of idealistic nationalists striving on behalf of working-class Catholics, traditionally an underclass in the country.