Mark Blyth is Professor of International Political Economy at Brown. He says: “I grew up in relative poverty, in a very real sense a ‘welfare kid’. Today I’m a professor at an Ivy League university in the USA. Probabilistically speaking, I am as an extreme example of intragenerational social mobility as you can find anywhere.”
Mark talks to Project Twist-It about how the historical narratives of the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor became ‘turbo-charged’ during the Reagan/Thatcher years and, most recently, under austerity.