Discovering child poverty: The creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present (Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series)

Discovering child poverty: The creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present (Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series)

By: Lucinda Platt (author)Paperback

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Child poverty is currently regarded by many as the 'number one' issue in Britain. Yet it has not always been so high on the policy agenda. What were attitudes to poor children 200 years ago? How did child poverty emerge as both a quantifiable and urgent issue? And how did policy makers respond? These are the questions that this book tackles. The book: * presents a broad but sophisticated overview of 200 years of investigation into and responses to the plight of poor children; * identifies key moments and figures of the period; * includes chapters on children and work, education and child poverty research to provide the essential context for the story of the 'discovery' of child poverty. Clearly and accessibly written, this book provides a concise but richly detailed account of the subject. It will appeal to policy makers, practitioners, researchers and all those with an interest in child poverty wishing to understand the antecedents of current research and policy. Studies in poverty, inequality and social exclusion series Series Editor: David Gordon, Director, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research. Poverty, inequality and social exclusion remain the most fundamental problems that humanity faces in the 21st century. This exciting series, published in association with the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, aims to make cutting-edge poverty related research more widely available. For other titles in this series, please follow the series link from the main catalogue page.

About Author

Lucinda Platt is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex where she lectures on all aspects of social policy. Her research focuses on two main interests: ethnic minorities and child poverty.


Contents: Introduction: scope and argument of the book; The conditions for child poverty: context and chronology; A fit occupation for children? Children and work; Workers of the future: the education of children; Discovering child poverty: child poverty and the family to 1945; Rediscovering child poverty: poverty and policy from 1945; Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781861345837
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 156
  • ID: 9781861345837
  • ISBN10: 1861345836

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