This landmark study provides the first comprehensive assessment of the nature and associations between the three main forms of social disadvantage in Australia: poverty, deprivation and social exclusion.
Drawing on the author's extensive research expertise and his links with welfare practitioners, it explains the limitations of existing approaches and presents new findings that build on the insights of disadvantaged Australians and views about the essentials of life, providing the basis for a new deprivation-based poverty measure.
"This book moves us beyond the study of poverty using conventional income measures and introduces a range of other ways of studying poverty, deprivation and exclusion. The ideas and applications have lessons for all those involved in research on poverty and living standards." Jonathan Bradshaw, Professor of Social Policy, University of York
"This book does an outstanding job of teasing out the relationships between low income, deprivation and social exclusion, analysed in an Australian context but with many lessons for anyone interested in identifying and addressing disadvantage." Brian Nolan, University College Dublin
"This book represents a significant advance to poverty and exclusion research in Australia and internationally, it is essential reading for anyone interested in this rapidly changing field." David Gordon, University of Bristol
"This book moves us beyond the study of poverty using conventional income
measures and introduces a range of other ways of studying poverty,
deprivation and exclusion. The ideas and applications have lessons for all
those involved in research on poverty and living standards." Jonathan Bradshaw, Professor of Social Policy, University of York
Peter Saunders is one of Australia's leading poverty researchers with an international reputation for his work in that and related fields. His work on poverty and inequality led to his election as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and his appointment as a University of South Wales Scientia Professor. He has is currently President of the Australian Social Policy Association and of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security.
Introduction; Part one: Poverty: Poverty as low income; Beyond low income: Economic resources and poverty; Experiencing poverty: The voices of poverty and disadvantage; Part two: Deprivation: Identifying the essentials of life; Measuring deprivation; A new poverty measure; Part three: Exclusion: Defining social exclusion and the social inclusion agenda; Indicators of exclusion; Part four: Implications: Implications for research and policy.