Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness
Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens
Chapter 7: The Varying Faces of Poverty and Deservingness in Dutch Print Media
One of the key themes in this volume is that perceptions of the deservingness of target populations are pivotal for the legitimacy of different anti-poverty policy measures. van Oorschot and Roosma (Chapter 1 in this volume) suggest that popular deservingness opinions and attitudes might be rooted in (popular) culture and thus reflected in, but also reinforced by, the mass media. Resting on this assumption,1 the current study investigates the Dutch news media portrayal of various subgroups of the poor and explores the implications of this for the theory of deservingness.
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