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Poverty (Key Concepts)


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Defining Poverty
Chapter 2. Measuring poverty
Chapter 3. Inequality, social divisions and the differential experience of poverty
Chapter 4. Discourses of poverty: from Othering to respect
Chapter 5. Poverty and agency: from getting by to getting organized
Chapter 6: Poverty, human rights and citizenship

Conclusion: From concept to politics

About the Author

Ruth Lister is a member of the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University.


"Since 2004, Ruth Lister's book has been the definitive text on poverty. This new edition is destined to replace the first as a must-have volume for anyone interested in social policy, and to become the go-to source whenever poverty is discussed."
Robert Walker, Beijing Normal University and University of Oxford

"Ruth Lister offers a rare combination of great professional expertise and moral authority and an abiding commitment to ways of tackling poverty effectively. The result is a highly readable and unusually insightful book about shaping a decent and compassionate society."
Philip Alston, former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

"For anyone who has an interest in understanding and tackling poverty be they a community worker, social worker, youth worker, think tank policy wonk, academics, local councillor or MP, this is an essential, comprehensive and rewarding read. I highly recommend that, along with putting regular shifts in at your local food bank, you find the time to purchase a copy and read it."

"This book shows that even while political, media and popular discourses and attitudes can be deeply dehumanising, they can also heal and empower."
ATD Fourth World UK

"Lister's book offers vital insight into how poverty is actually experienced. [... She] discusses redistribution of resources to address the material aspects of poverty, and recognition and respect to address the non-material aspects of poverty so powerfully described in this important book."
Child Poverty Action Group

"The first edition of Poverty has been a, if not the, key text on poverty since 2004; this new edition is likely to replace the first on the bookshelves of scholars, policy makers and practitioners concerned about poverty."

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