'If we do not cut social spending, we will end up like Greece': Challenging consent to austerity through social work action

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    Abstract

    'If we do not cut social spending, we will end up like Greece'. Establishment politicians and media figures use this new ideological mantra throughout the Western world to frighten people into consenting to further neo-liberal restructuring along with cuts in social spending. This phrase and other ideologically laden assertions hide the real causes of the Greek public debt crisis. This commentary challenges the dominant discourse by contextualizing the Greek case within the larger global neo-liberal restructuring processes and then, drawing upon Gramsci's concept of the organic intellectual, proposes ways that the members of the Professional Association of Social Workers (PASW) can engage in a war of ideas and action, as organic intellectuals, to delegitimize the dominant discourse, which seeks consent for social spending cuts and further neo-liberal restructuring of society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)700-711
    Number of pages12
    JournalCritical Social Policy
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    Early online date24 Jun 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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