The Poverty Wars: Reconnecting Research with Reality

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UNSW Press, 2005 - Social Science - 158 pages
Saunders argues that as a nation Australia can afford to eliminate financial poverty. The fact that we don't do so is a matter of choice, not affordability—as the experience of other countries demonstrates. In challenging this idea, this book focuses on how looking at poverty differently can help to make a world without poverty a practical reality.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CONTESTING POVERTY
1
A new battleground
4
Key issues and ideas
11
More research?
13
MAPPING THE POVERTY PROFILE
15
Setting broad limits on Australian poverty
18
Mapping the profile of poverty
24
Bad luck
98
Policy failure
99
THE CONSEQUENCES OF POVERTY
102
Alternative coping strategies
103
Making ends meet
106
Supplementing resources
112
Going without
115
Shame
117

The limitations of statistical poverty
49
The meaning of poverty
53
NEW CONCEPTS NEW EVIDENCE
57
Redefining poverty
58
Deprivation capability and exclusion
62
Poverty as accumulated disadvantage
79
THE CAUSES OF POVERTY
83
Structural inequalities
85
Events combinations and accumulations
89
Choice and opportunity
93
Effects on children
119
Health effects
122
Family life and parenting
125
POVERTY AND THE SOCIAL FABRIC
130
Bridging gaps
132
Establishing reconnections
138
REFERENCES
143
INDEX
153
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Page 152 - Understanding Poverty and Social Exclusion: Situating Australia Internationally', in R. Fincher and P. Saunders (eds), Creating Unequal futures? Rethinking Poverty, Inequality and Disadvantage, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 38-69.

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