Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

A manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend

Edited by Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Edited by Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Distributed for Bristol University Press

320 pages | © 2011
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847427144 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847427151 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only
This important book makes a vital academic and political statement in the cause of social justice. It begins with an appreciation of the seminal contributions of Peter Townsend (1928-2009), and applies them to contemporary policy debates. It brings together many of the leading contributors to current debates in this field and provides a compelling manifesto for change for students and researchers in the social sciences, policy makers and practitioners, and everybody with an interest in creating a more equal and socially just society.

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Notes on contributors

1              The legacy of Peter Townsend

                Adrian Sinfield, Alan Walker and Carol Walker

2              The making of a pioneer researcher: reflections from Peter Townsend’s life story

                Paul Thompson

3              Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge

                Hilary Land and Hilary Rose

4              The case for universal child benefit

                Anthony B. Atkinson

5              Poverty

                Jonathan Bradshaw

6              Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty

                Ruth Lister

7              For universalism and against the means test

                Carol Walker

8              Underclass, overclass, ruling class, supernova class

                Danny Dorling

9              Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy

                Margaret Whitehead

10           Towards a new sociology of ageing: from structured dependency to critical gerontology

                Chris Phillipson

11           Disability: prospects for social inclusion

                Carol Thomas

12           Putting the lawyers in their place: the role of human rights in the struggle against poverty

                Conor Gearty

13           Radicalising social policy in the 21st century: a global approach

                Nicola Yeates and Bob Deacon

14           Conclusion: building on the legacy of Peter Townsend

                Alan Walker and Coral Walker


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