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.
* 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.
Publisher: Policy Press
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
"... a thorough account of British social welfare policy over the past 200 years ... useful for those attempting to understand both current British policies and the underlying moral structure of American anti-poverty policy traditions." Journal of Children & Poverty
"Platt is at her best analysing the development of social research and the nature of policy...this study will prove helpful to anyone who wants to develop their understanding of this timely subject; it offers a broad overview of the topic and provides an excellent bibliography for even further exploration." The Journal of Social History
"Platt's analysis of the interplay of various perceptions of poverty and the proposed or actual policy responses is both detailed and nuanced, and much can be learned from it." Journal of Social Policy
"... an interesting account of advances in political thinking on child poverty over the past 200 years." Children & Society.
"Accessible and scholarly, pioneering and timely, this book will be invaluable to students, researchers and professionals seeking to understand the political significance of child poverty, its evolution as a concept and policy, and its importance in contemporary debate on the restructuring of the welfare state." Harry Hendrick, Institute of History, University of Southern Denmark