Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847429117 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
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Poverty and Insecurity

Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain

Tracy Shildrick, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, and Kayleigh Garthwaite

Tracy Shildrick, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, and Kayleigh Garthwaite

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 figures | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847429117 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847429100 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Poverty and Insecurity is the first book to examine the relationship between social exclusion, poverty, and the labor market. It challenges long-standing and dominant myths about the unemployed and the poor by exploring their lived realities. Work may be the best route out of poverty, but for many people employment does not solve recurrent poverty, with many individuals trapped in a low-pay, no-pay cycle between lowwage jobs and unemployment. Based on unique qualitative and longitudinal research, the book shows how poverty and insecurity have now become the defining features of working life for many.
Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class
"This book is about one important part of the growing precariat, those who have fallen out of old working-class communities. It should make people sad and angry. It is a great corrective to the utilitarian bias exhibited by mainstream politicians. It should be widely read."
David M. Smith, Canterbury Christ Church University
"The book achieves its aims of providing a thorough insight into life at the foot of the contemporary labour market in a way that is sensitive and empathetic. . . .This is a good quality publication produced by a research team who between them have done much to increase understanding of the realities of working-class life."
LSE Review of Books
“Based on unique qualitative, life-history research with a ‘hard-to-reach group’ of younger and older people, men and women, the book shows how poverty and insecurity have now become the defining features of working life for many. An illuminating read.” 
Contents
List of figures and boxes
Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
2. Poor work, welfare and poverty
3. Researching the low-pay, no-pay cycle and recurrent poverty
4. The low-pay, no-pay cycle: the perspectives and practices of employers and ‘welfare to work’ agencies
5. The low-pay, no-pay cycle: its patterns and people’s commitment to work
6. Searching for jobs: qualifications, support for the workless and the good and bad of informal social networks
7. Poor work: insecurity and churning in deindustrialised labour markets
8. ‘The ties that bind’: ill health and caring and their impact on the low-pay, no-pay cycle
9. Poverty and social insecurity
10. Conclusions

References
Index
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