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"It set me thinking about what we have done - right and wrong - asa labour government since 1997 to fight the war on poverty inBritain."

Ed Balls, Former Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury, inTribune

"[A] sorely needed and timely contribution to the field."


"A rich and insightful analysis which deepens and broadens theunderstanding of poverty today."

International Social Security Review

"This book is a major contribution ... and should be read notonly by students and academics but also by anti-povertyactivists."

Citizen's Income Newsletter

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Poverty remains one of the most urgent issues of our time. In thisstimulating new textbook, Ruth Lister introduces students to themeaning and experience of poverty in the contemporary world.

The book opens with a lucid discussion of current debates aroundthe definition and measurement of poverty in industrializedsocieties, before embarking on a thought-provoking andmulti-faceted exploration of its conceptualization. It draws onthinking in the field of international development and real lifeaccounts to emphasize aspects of poverty such as powerlessness,lack of voice, loss of dignity and respect.

In so doing, the book embraces the relational, cultural,symbolic as well as material dimensions of poverty and makesimportant links between poverty and other concepts like well-being,capabilities, social divisions and exclusion, agency andcitizenship. It concludes by making the case for reframing thepolitics of poverty as a claim for redistribution andrecognition. The result is a rich and insightful analysis, whichdeepens and broadens our understanding of poverty today.

This book will be essential reading for all students in thesocial sciences, as well as researchers, activists andpolicy-makers.

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At the start of the twenty-first century, almost half the world's people suffer in a state of 'deep poverty amid plenty', measured (somewhat arbitrarily) as an income of less than $2 a day (World Bank, 2001: 3). Read the first page
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