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What do we know about childhood poverty?

Tess Ridge

in Childhood poverty and social exclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343628
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343628.003.0002
What do we know about childhood poverty?

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This chapter studies the different representations and perceptions of child poverty. It starts with a short historical overview, which traces how the understanding and knowledge of child poverty has grown and changed during the last hundred years. The chapter then examines the historical and contemporary representations of children in poverty using a child-centred perspective, while looking at the UK in relation to the European Union and the rest of the ‘developed’ world. The current situation of children from low-income families and the key risk factors that affect the vulnerability of children to experience episodes of poverty are discussed as well.

Keywords: representations of poverty; perceptions of poverty; child poverty; child-centred perspective; key risk factors

Chapter.  10942 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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