Understanding Inequality, Poverty and Wealth: Policies and Prospects

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At a time when the divide between the wealthy and the disadvantaged is widening, this major textbook provides students with a critical understanding of poverty and social exclusion in relation to wealth, rather than as separate from it.Raising fundamental questions about the organisation of society, social structures and relationships and social justice, the book is split into four main sections exploring key concepts and issues; 'people and place' (poverty and wealth across different groups and situations); the ...

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Overview

At a time when the divide between the wealthy and the disadvantaged is widening, this major textbook provides students with a critical understanding of poverty and social exclusion in relation to wealth, rather than as separate from it.Raising fundamental questions about the organisation of society, social structures and relationships and social justice, the book is split into four main sections exploring key concepts and issues; 'people and place' (poverty and wealth across different groups and situations); the role of the state; and prospects for the future. This is the only textbook to focus on the links between wealth and poverty and contains an edited collection of chapters specially written by a distinguished panel of contributors including Pete Alcock, Daniel Dorling, Mary Shaw, Gill Scott and Jay Ginn. It is designed with the needs of students in mind and includes useful chapter summaries, illustrative boxes and diagrams, and pointers to relevant websites and other sources of further information.This is an essential textbook for level 1/2 undergraduate students studying social policy either as a main subject or as part of their course. It is a core text for level 3/4 specialist modules in this field.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781861349149
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Ridge, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath and Sharon Wright, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling

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Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxes

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1 Introduction Tess Ridge Ridge, Tess Sharon Wright Wright, Sharon 1

Pt. 1 Key concepts and issues

2 Wealth Karen Rowlingson Rowlingson, Karen 15

3 Poverty and social exclusion Pete Alcock Alcock, Pete 37

4 Explaining poverty, social exclusion and inequality: towards a structural approach Gerry Mooney Mooney, Gerry 61

Pt. 2 People and place: divisions of poverty and wealth

5 Global inequality, poverty and wealth Nicola Yeates Yeates, Nicola 81

6 Spatial divisions of poverty and wealth Danny Dorling Dorling, Danny Dimitris Ballas Ballas, Dimitris 103

7 Gender, poverty and wealth Gill Scott Scott, Gill 135

8 The intersection of ethnicity, poverty and wealth Akwugo Emejulu Emejulu, Akwugo 155

9 Children's and young people's experiences of poverty and social exclusion Petra Holscher Holscher, Petra 181

10 Poverty and financial inequality in later life Jay Ginn Ginn, Jay 205

11 Health and disability Mary Shaw Shaw, Mary Ben Wheeler Wheeler, Ben Richard Mitchell Mitchell, Richard Danny Dorling Dorling, Danny 235

Pt. 3 The role of the state

12 State approaches to wealth Michael Orton Orton, Michael 259

13 State approaches to poverty and social exclusion Tess Ridge Ridge, Tess Sharon Wright Wright, Sharon 283

Pt. 4 Prospects

14 Conclusion Tess Ridge Ridge, Tess Sharon Wright Wright, Sharon 313

Index 325

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