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Poverty and Insecurity: Life in low-pay, No-pay Britain (Studies in Poverty, Inequality & Social Exclusion Series) (Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series) [Paperback]

Tracy Shildrick , Robert MacDonald , Colin Scott Webster , Kayleigh Garthwaite
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19 Dec 2012 Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion Series
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

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (19 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847429106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847429100
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

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

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Tracy Shildrick is a Professor of Sociology at Teesside University. She has researched and written widely around issues to do with young people, poverty and worklessness. Robert MacDonald is Professor of Sociology at Teesside University. He has long-standing research interests in the areas of youth transitions, social exclusion and unemployment. Colin Webster is Professor of Criminology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has long-standing research interests in ethnicity and crime and poverty and social exclusion. Kayleigh Garthwaite is a researcher in the Geography Department at Durham University. Her research interests focus on health, welfare-to-work and identity

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