‘Dead people don’t claim’: A psychopolitical autopsy of UK austerity suicides

Mills, C. (2018). Critical Social Policy, 38(2), pp. 302–322: doi:10.1177/0261018317726263

One of the symptoms of post financial crisis austerity in the UK has been an increase in the numbers of suicides, especially by people who have experienced welfare reform. This article develops and utilises an analytic framework of psychopolitical autopsy to explore media coverage of ‘austerity suicide’ and to take seriously the psychic life of austerity (internalisation, shame, anxiety), embedding it in a context of social dis-ease. Read more