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Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion series

Poverty, inequality and social exclusion remain the most fundamental problems that humanity faces in the 21st century.

This important series, published in association with the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, aims to make cutting-edge poverty-related research more widely available.

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The measurement of poverty

The first book to examine poverty in Europe within the international framework agreed at the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, this study provides a scientific and international basis for the analysis and reduction of poverty. With contributions from leading poverty experts, it presents cutting-edge international research in one volume.

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Child poverty in the developing world

This report provides a summary of the results from a major international research project, funded by UNICEF, on child rights and child poverty in the developing world.

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Childhood poverty and social exclusion

From a child's perspective

Childhood poverty and social exclusion offers a rare and valuable opportunity to understand the issues and concerns that low-income children themselves identify as important. Using child-centred research methods to explore children's own accounts of their lives, this original book raises critical issues for both policy and practice.

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Discovering child poverty

The creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present

This book charts key British developments in child welfare, child poverty research and state support for children from 1800 to the present day. With direct quotations from key sources, it argues that even in the face of clear evidence of hardship the response of policy makers to child poverty has been ambivalent.

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Down and out

Poverty and exclusion in Australia

Drawing on the author's extensive research expertise and his links with welfare practitioners , 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.

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Exploring concepts of child well-being

Implications for children's services

This book provides an understanding of what child welfare is, explores how it can be measured and sets out the implications for children's services in incorporating child well-being into their work.

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Families and Poverty

Everyday Life on a Low Income

The central interest of this innovative book is the role and significance of family in a context of poverty and low-income. Based on a micro-level study carried out in 2011 and 2012 with 51 families in Northern Ireland, it offers new empirical evidence and a theorisation of the relationship between family life and poverty.

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Global Child Poverty and Well-Being

Measurement, Concepts, Policy and Action

This book brings together theoretical, methodological and policy-relevant contributions by leading researchers on international child poverty. 

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Health inequalities

Lifecourse approaches

The lifecourse perspective on adult health and health inequalities in particular, is one of the most important recent developments in epidemiology and public health. This book brings together the work of one of the most distinguished academics in the field. It is the first to specifically take a lifecourse approach to health inequalities.

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Inequalities in health

The evidence presented to the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health, chaired by Sir Donald Acheson

This book presents all seventeen chapters of evidence commissioned by the Acheson Inquiry to inform its work. It complements both the Acheson Inquiry report published by The Stationary Office and The widening gap (The Policy Press, 1999), which provides a broad overview and systematic interpretation of the Inequalities in Health debate.

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On the margins of inclusion

Changing labour markets and social exclusion in London

This book offers an account of how groups of economically marginal people have adapt and negotiate the offerings of a 'post industrial' labour market and a welfare system geared towards reintegrating them into formal employment. Through close ethnographic study it highlights collective strategies and responses to labour and welfare changes.

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Patterns of poverty across Europe

Using new EU-wide data, this report shows very different patterns of poverty across Europe, depending on the benchmark used. The findings have important implications for the spatial distribution of poverty within and between countries (including the UK) and for the development of anti-poverty policy across the EU.

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