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The summation of poverty

Ann Oakley

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.003.0003
The summation of poverty

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This chapter comes from Richard Titmuss's book, Poverty and population, which describes the concentration of poverty, poor diet, and premature death in certain social groups and regions. It analyses regional statistics of illness, accidents, and deaths, comparing the poorer with the richer. It notes that this careful computation of statistics about social groups and life-chances — a legacy of Titmuss's time in the insurance industry — is one of his most valuable contributions to the demographic and health literature.

Keywords: population; regional statistics; illness; accidents; poverty; diet; social groups; life-chances; insurance industry; health literature

Chapter.  600 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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