Economic Hardship Reporting is Real News: June Thunderstorm writing about the social pressures around smoking

Smoking Geographies Published by Wiley 2017

Ross Barnett Adjunct Professor of the University NewZealand

Graham Moon Professor of Spatial Analysis University of Southampton

Jamie Pierce Professor of Health Geography University of Edinburgh

Lee Thompson Senior Lecturer at university of Otago New Zealand

Liz Twigg is a Professor of Human Geography University of Portsmouth

Smoking Geographies is the another take, broader and epidemiological, published this year.

I read June’s article on Sunday 4th February 2017 and want to share it with you. After 43 years I stopped smoking because I realised some of the things in this article, as well as the fact that the supply chain for cigarettes is full of risk and links to organised crime, we don’t know (and no-one really publishes) what’s in cigarettes. What do you think?

June Thunderstorm, writing in The Baffler with the support of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project,

via (Don’t) Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em — Longreads


One thought on “Economic Hardship Reporting is Real News: June Thunderstorm writing about the social pressures around smoking

  1. I think it’s important to connect with and include American contributors. We are in Nottingham, in the UK and have experienced the same kinds of over writing of welfare state history as some kind of failed experiment.

    This re-writing of the process of social and economic inclusion which has been deliberate, needed a visible group of people which appeared to be ‘always getting larger’. After the second world war the people who were to create the infrastructure of the welfare state were planned out of it as it was supposedly for the white working class.

    Clearly the benefits that the white working class could assume (jobs, housing and health) have now seen as provisional for the white working class as the black working class. So suddenly there wasn’t a working class, there was just an underclass.

    The creation of the underclass was part of a cynical control of lives through over insuring and double insuring of the underclass as assets for the gig providers and would be rentiers. This is the dominant economy version of the organised crime of so called modern slavery that is often scrutinised.

    In the UK we began to feel the effects of what having an underclass meant ‘Limiting Long Term Illness’ was created in the 1991 census to facilitate marketisation of people in social housing, (economic exclusion of this group, poorer and poorer relationships with local authorities becoming a market opportunity for mental health charities, professionalisation of emotional and local connection with the working class into a collection of always negative attributes of people who were now always seen as abusers of resources and other people, rather than people who were reacting to a situation where everything was always being taken from them.

    Their human rights to have a job and a home and relationships, which is an injustice.


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