Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain - Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series (Paperback)
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Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain - Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 19/12/2012
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Winner of the British Academy Peter Townsend Prize for 2013 How do men and women get by in times and places where opportunities for standard employment have drastically reduced? Are we witnessing the growth of a new class, the 'Precariat', where people exist without predictability or security in their lives? What effects do flexible and insecure forms of work have on material and psychological well-being? This book is the first of its kind to examine the relationship between social exclusion, poverty and the labour market. It challenges long-standing and dominant myths about `the workless' and `the poor', by exploring close-up the lived realities of life in low-pay, no-pay Britain. Work may be `the best route out of poverty' sometimes but for many people getting a job can be just a turn in the cycle of recurrent poverty - and of long-term churning between low-skilled `poor work' and unemployment. Based on unique qualitative, life-history research with a 'hard-to-reach group' of younger and older people, men and women, the book shows how poverty and insecurity have now become the defining features of working life for many.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781847429100
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


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"Based on unique qualitative, life-history research with a `hard-to-reach group' of younger and older people, men and women, the book shows how poverty and insecurity have now become the defining features of working life for many. An illuminating read" - London School of Economics Review of Books
"Its inestimable value is to give a much needed voice to the poor and in doing so begin to challenge the 'old libel' that informs much contemporary policy making." People, Place and Policy
"This book is about one important part of the growing precariat, those who have fallen out of old working-class communities. It should make people sad and angry. It is a great corrective to the utilitarian bias exhibited by mainstream politicians. It should be widely read." Professor Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class
"The book achieves its aims of providing a thorough insight into life at the foot of the contemporary labour market in a way that is sensitive and empathetic ... This is a good quality publication produced by a research team who between them have done much to increase understanding of the realities of working-class life." Dr David M. Smith, Canterbury Christ Church University

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