Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty

Ruth Lister

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:
Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty

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This chapter stresses that Peter did not separate child poverty out from the wider issues of poverty and privilege as a discrete problem, which could be solved without addressing the underlying structures of inequality that maintain social injustice. It observes that this lifelong belief is frequently demonstrated, for example, notably in Poverty in the UK, in which Peter attributed the experience of poverty by women and children to structural disadvantage, not to ‘personal characteristics’, up until his final work on international poverty which uses the language of human rights to shift the debate from the personal failures of the poor to failures at the macro level of national governments and international organisations. It sets out the major challenges which need to be addressed in the continuing fight to end child poverty.

Keywords: child poverty; poverty and privilege; inequality; social injustice; Poverty in the UK; children; structural disadvantage; international poverty; human rights

Chapter.  7138 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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