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Child Poverty

Aspiring to Survive

By Morag C. Treanor

Published

26 Feb 2020

Page count

254 pages

ISBN

978-1447334682

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press

Published

26 Feb 2020

Page count

254 pages

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978-1447334668

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

26 Feb 2020

Page count

254 pages

ISBN

978-1447334699

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    Published

    26 Feb 2020

    Page count

    254 pages

    ISBN

    978-1447334699

    Dimensions

    Imprint

    Policy Press
    Child Poverty

    Child poverty is rising across affluent Western societies; how it is measured is vital to how governments act to prevent, alleviate or eliminate it. While the roots of childhood poverty are fiercely debated and contested, they are all too often misrepresented in policy and media discourses.

    Seeking to redress this problem, Treanor places children’s experiences, needs and concerns at the centre of this critical examination of the contemporary policies and political discourses surrounding poverty in childhood. She examines a broad range of structural, institutional and ideological factors common across developed nations, and their impacts, to interrogate how poverty in childhood is conceptualised and operationalised in policy and to forge a radical pathway for an alternative future.

    “Beautifully written, highly scholarly and well organised. A devastating critique of oppressive government, this book will be used as a source by students from a range of disciplines.” Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

    "Child poverty is a national disgrace in the UK. Read this wide-ranging book to understand the facts and to get a new handle on how to address these pressing problems."

    Jane Millar, University of Bath

    Morag C. Treanor is Professor of Child and Family Inequalities at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

    Introduction

    Context

    Family

    Lone parenthood

    Education

    In and out of work

    Health

    Ethnicity and disability

    Adversity and poverty

    Conclusions