Poverty and social exclusion in Britain

The millennium survey

Edited by Christina Pantazis, David Gordon, and Ruth Levitas

Poverty and social exclusion in Britain

Edited by Christina Pantazis, David Gordon, and Ruth Levitas

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

512 pages
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781861343734 Published January 2006 For sale in North and South America only
This book is the most authoritative study of poverty and social exclusion in Britain at the start of the 21st century. It reports on the most comprehensive survey of poverty and social exclusion, ever to be undertaken in Britain: The Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey. This enormously rich data set records levels of poverty not just in terms of income and wealth but by including information about the goods and services which the British public say are necessary to avoid poverty.The relationship between poverty and factors such as age, gender and paid work are explored, as well as other social issues such as crime and neighbourhood disadvantage. Poverty and social exclusion in Britain charts the extent and nature of material and social deprivation and exclusion in Britain at the end of the 20th century; makes the first ever measurement of the extent of social exclusion based on a survey specifically designed for this purpose and provides a clear conceptual understanding of poverty and social exclusion from both an national and international perspective. This important book should be read by officials and policy makers in national and local government, NGOs, charities and voluntary organisations dealing with poverty and social exclusion. It will also be required reading for academics and students of social policy, sociology, public health, economics and politics.
Contents
Introduction - Dave Gordon, Ruth Levitas and Christina Pantazis

Section One: Principles
The concept and measurement of poverty - Dave Gordon
The measurement of absolute and overall poverty - Peter Townsend and Christina Pantazis
The necessities of life - Christina Pantazis, Dave Gordon and Peter Townsend
The concept and measurement of social exclusion - Ruth Levitas

Section Two: Processes
Does work pay? Employment, poverty and social exclusion from social relations - Nick Bailey
Debt and financial exclusion - Stephen McKay and Sharon Collard
Social exclusion and local services - Tania Fisher and Glen Bramley
Crime 'disorder' and insecurity and social exclusion - Christina Pantazis
Mental health, poverty and social exclusion - Sarah Payne

Section Three: People
Child, poverty and social exclusion - Eva Lloyd
Youth, poverty and social exclusion - Eldin Fahmy
Gender, poverty and social exclusion - Christina Pantazis and Elisabetta Ruspini
Lone mothers, poverty and social exclusion - Ruth Levitas, Emma Head and Naomi Finch
Pensioners, poverty and social exclusion - Demi Patsios
Conclusion - Dave Gordon, Ruth Levitas, Christina Pantazis and Peter Townsend
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