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The legacy of Peter Townsend

Adrian Sinfield, Alan Walker and Carol Walker

in Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427151
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0001
The legacy of Peter Townsend

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This chapter details the personal and professional life of Peter Townsend who is regarded as one of the 20th-century's great champions of social justice. It notes that Peter dedicated his professional life to fighting poverty, inequality and injustice. It emphasises that this book stands as a tribute to that legacy, in partnership with the Peter Townsend reader (Walker et al, 2010). It further notes that it is unusual for academics to span other fields, as Peter did in campaigning and politics, but to contribute seminal texts to so many diverse aspects of social policy with regard to ageing, disability, poverty, health inequalities, human rights and international social policy is unheard of. It reviews Peter's scientific and campaigning biography, in order to provide background to the ones that follow as well as some historical context for those encountering Peter's work for the first time.

Keywords: personal and professional life; Peter Townsend; social justice; ageing; disability; poverty; health inequalities; human rights; international social policy; biography

Chapter.  9543 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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