Social Evil

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What are today’s social evils? This summary presents the findings of a public consultation exploring the social evils facing Britain today. In 1904, Joseph Rowntree identified what he believed were the worst social evils. The new list is the result of a web survey of 3,500 people and discussions with groups whose voices are not usually heard. It reveals a strong sense of unease about some of the changes shaping British society. April 2008 Participants highlighted the following concerns about how we seem to live our lives: • decline of community: communities are weak and people are increasingly isolated from A their neighbours, at considerable cost to well-being and happiness. • Individualism: people tend to see themselves…show more content…
However, this group was not representative of the British population generally – for example, black and minority ethnic groups and younger people were under-represented. Furthermore, it was recognised that conducting the web consultation might exclude some groups whose voices are not usually heard, who might have limited access to the internet. The National Centre for Social Research was commissioned to address these concerns and ensure that the voices of these potentially excluded groups were heard. They explored the questions of today’s social evils with groups less likely to be reached through the web consultation. In total, 60 people took part in eight discussion groups held across England and Scotland in September and October 2007. Participants were recruited through a number of charitable organisations working with groups of people whose voices are not usually heard, and included people with learning difficulties, ex-offenders, people with experience of homelessness, unemployed people, care leavers and carers. A particular attempt was made to include black and minority ethnic groups and young people. This summary examines the results of the consultations, identifying the ten key social evils that have emerged. While some people felt uncomfortable with the word ‘evil’, with its religious connotations and inherent negativity, the phrase has clearly struck a chord. Moreover, although the
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