Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447318835 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $111.00 ISBN: 9781447318828 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Families and Poverty

Everyday Life on a Low Income

Mary Daly and Grace Kelly

Families and Poverty

Mary Daly and Grace Kelly

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447318835 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $111.00 ISBN: 9781447318828 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The recent radical cutbacks of the welfare state in the United Kingdom have kept poverty and income management at the heart of intellectual, public, and policy discourse. This innovative book adds to that conversation, taking as its focus the role and significance of family in the context of poverty and low-income conditions. Based on a micro-level study carried out in 2011 and 2012 with fifty-one families in Northern Ireland, it draws from fresh empirical evidence to offer a new theorization of the relationship between family life and poverty. Different chapters explore such topics as parenting, the management of money, family support, and local engagement. Together, they detail the practices of constructing and managing family life and relationships in circumstances of poverty, making this book of interest to a wide readership including policy makers.
Contents
Introduction
Introducing the respondents
Family life through an economic lens
The construction, possibilities and limits of family in conditions of poverty and low income
Parents and their children
Wider family relationships and support
Social networks and local engagement
Representing self and family
The policy context and implications of the findings
Conclusion
Review Quotes
Journal of Social Policy
“Its emphasis upon relationships and human interaction gives policy makers richer evidence . . . around concepts of social, material, and economic well being.”
Journal of Children and Poverty
“A solid contribution to the international scholarship on families in poverty [that continues] important conversations about how low-income families cope as social services are slashed and restructured.”
Disability and Society
“This theoretical framework is welcome because it anchors the book and differentiates it from many of the recent texts on austerity.”
Social Policy & Administration
“As well as becoming a social policy classic, this book should also be compulsory reading for politicians and policy makers.”
European Journal of Social Work
"A strong statement about the struggles of families trying to make a decent life with little income. . . . An important perspective."
Hartley Dean, London School of Economics and Political Science
“This work provides a rare and nuanced insight into the several levels at which the ‘sense’ of family may enable families on low incomes to survive or ‘get by.’”
Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York, UK
“A most original reflection on the impact of poverty and austerity on families—theoretically driven and empirically grounded. Wonderful work.”
Baroness Ruth Lister, Loughborough University, UK
“This rich study offers important insights into the role of family in the hard work of managing poverty in both private and public spheres.”
Jane Millar, University of Bath, UK
“This is both a compelling empirical account of how families live with poverty and a thoughtful theoretical analysis of the relationship between family and poverty.”
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