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Poverty

Jonathan Bradshaw

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/9781847427151.003.0005
Poverty

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This chapter highlights three key elements in Peter's work on poverty: first, as the first person to conceptualise poverty as relative and his seminal influence in the adoption of this approach in most national and international definitions and measurements of poverty, with the notable exceptions of the US and The World Bank; second, the need to treat ‘resources’ as being beyond solely income. It notes that in this second element, Peter was a pioneer of the use of social indicators to measure poverty, which, after initial criticism, is now a well-established method. It further highlights the third element, where Peter considered poverty in the context of groups: an approach so obvious and simple but it is one of Peter's great contributions. It notes that Peter's campaigning work with CPAG and the Disability Alliance as well as on pensions can be linked to this.

Keywords: poverty; measurement of poverty; The World Bank; resources; income; social indicators; groups; CPAG; Disability Alliance; pensions

Chapter.  6022 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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