Identifying the essentials of life

Peter Saunders

in Down and out

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428394
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302155 | DOI:
Identifying the essentials of life

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This chapter summarises the key features of the deprivation approach, including the role of community input, and explains how the Community Understanding of Poverty and Social Exclusion (CUPSE) Survey data are used to identify those items regarded as essential (‘the essentials of life’) in contemporary Australia. It explains that these items are identified and analysed to determine the underlying needs that they are intended to fulfil and how they relate to each other. It examines the findings to identify differences in the responses held by different groups in the community and establishes whether or not a consensus exists about the identification of essential items. It notes that the results provide a fascinating insight into the modern Australian psyche, not least as it reflects what the majority regard as essential — things that no one in Australia should have to go without.

Keywords: deprivation approach; community input; CUPSE data; essentials; contemporary Australia

Chapter.  12626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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