The largest UK research study on poverty and social exclusion ever conducted reveals startling levels of deprivation. 18m people are unable to afford adequate housing; 14m can’t afford essential household goods; and nearly half the population have some form of financial insecurity.
Defining poverty as those whose lack of resources forces them to live below a publicly agreed minimum standard, this text provides unique and detailed insights into the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion in the UK today.
Written by a team of leading academics, the book reports on the extent and nature of poverty for different social groups: older and younger people; parents and children; ethnic groups; men and women; disabled people; and across regions through the recent period of austerity. It reflects on where government policies have made an impact and considers potential future developments.
A companion volume Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK Volume 2 focuses on different aspects of poverty and social exclusion identified in the study.
Esther Dermott is Professor in Sociology at the University of Bristol. A sociologist of family life, her research centres on developing a sociological account of 'good' parenting that is both conceptually robust and practically relevant. This has involved exploring the relationship between families, gender, and intra-household poverty as a member of the Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012 team. She is co-editor of The Sociology of Children and Families Policy Press book series; co-editor of Open Space in the journal Families, Relationships and Societies; and board member of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Families and Relationships (RN13).
Gill Main is a University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on child and youth poverty and well-being, and especially on incorporating children’s accounts and perspectives into understandings and measures of child poverty. She was involved in exploring child poverty as a member of the Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012 team. She is co-editor of the Policy Press Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.
Introduction ~ Esther Dermott and Gill Main;
Poverty in the UK ~ David Gordon;
Young People ~ Eldin Fahmy;
Older People ~ Demi Patsios;
Women and Men ~ Esther Dermott and Christina Pantazis;
Ethnic Groups ~ Christina Pantazis and Saffron Karlsen;
Children ~ Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main;
Parents ~ Esther Dermott and Marco Pomati;
Disabled People ~ Pauline Heslop;
UK regions ~ Nick Bailey and Mike Tomlinson;
Rural / Urban Populations ~ Nick Bailey and Maria Gannon;
Conclusion ~ Esther Dermott and Gill Main.