The conditions for child poverty: context and chronology

Lucinda Platt

in Discovering child poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302117 | DOI:
The conditions for child poverty: context and chronology

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This chapter outlines the development of empirical research and the social survey with its ability to define and quantify child poverty. It connects the developments in research to the economic, political, and religious currents of the time and to the background of the individual researchers, and outlines subsequent developments or modifications in child poverty research following the development of the prototypical social surveys. It also describes the contested nature of empirical investigation; and it shows how the development of statistics is allied to debates concerning the value and quality of human life, which came into focus with studies of poverty. It goes on to look at succeeding developments and measures of child poverty, including the ‘rediscovery of poverty’ in the 1950s and 1960s. It charts the ongoing efforts of researchers to better render the reality of poverty both meaningful and immediate to publics and governments.

Keywords: empirical research; social surveys; child poverty; human life; statistics

Chapter.  8850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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