Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice: A manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847427144
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan Walker is professor of social policy and social gerontology at the University of Sheffield. He served as director of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme from 2005 to 2014.
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables vii

Preface viii

Notes on contributors ix

1 The legacy of Peter Townsend Adrian Sinfield Alan Walker Carol Walker 1

2 The making of a pioneer researcher: reflections from Peter Townsend's life story Paul Thompson 29

3 Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge Hilary Land Hilary Rose 59

4 The case for universal child benefit Anthony B. Atkinson 79

5 Poverty Jonathan Bradshaw 91

6 Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty Ruth Lister 111

7 For universalism and against the means test Carol Walker 133

8 Underclass, overclass, ruling class, supernova class Danny Dorling 153

9 Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend's legacy Margaret Whitehead 175

10 Towards a new sociology of ageing: from structured dependency to critical gerontology Chris Phillipson 193

11 Disability: prospects for social inclusion Carol Thomas 223

12 Putting the lawyers in their place: the role of human rights in the struggle against poverty Conor Gearty 241

13 Radicalising social policy in the 21st century: a global approach Nicola Yeates Bob Deacon 257

14 Conclusion: building on the legacy of Peter Townsend Alan Walker Carol Walker 275

Index 303

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