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 of Sociology and Head of the School for Policy Studies 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: Poverty and social exclusion in the UK ~ Esther Dermott;
Measuring poverty in the UK ~ David Gordon;
The impoverishment of youth: poverty, deprivation and social exclusion among young adults in the UK ~ Eldin Fahmy;
Improvement for some: poverty and social exclusion among older people and pensioners ~ Demi Patsios;
Which men and women are poor? Gender, poverty and social exclusion ~ Esther Dermott and Christina Pantazis;
Better understandings of ethnic variations: ethnicity, poverty and social exclusion ~ Saffron Karlsen and Christina Pantazis;
Improving lives? Child poverty and social exclusion ~ Gill Main and Jonathan Bradshaw;
The cost of children: parents, poverty, and social support ~ Esther Dermott and Marco Pomati;
A worsening picture: poverty and social exclusion and disabled people ~ Pauline Heslop and Eric Emerson;
Devolution and North/South division: poverty and social exclusion in the countries and regions of the UK ~ Mike Tomlinson;
More similarities than differences: poverty and social exclusion in rural and urban locations~ Nick Bailey and Maria Gannon;
Conclusion: innovating methods, informing policy and challenging stigma ~ Gill Main.
“Comprehensive, shocking and revealing. How the UK declined and poverty rose as economic inequality spread across the land." Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
"The PSE survey has made a unique contribution to our understanding of deprivation in modern Britain. This book presents a valuable tableau of its findings." Donald Hirsch,
"Presents up-to-date and rigorous analysis of poverty in the UK. This is compelling evidence for urgent policy attention." Jane Millar University of Bath