From a cycle of deprivation to cycles of disadvantage

John Welshman

in From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302384 | DOI:
From a cycle of deprivation to cycles of disadvantage

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This chapter traces early attempts to commission research, some of the applications that were received, and reports by referees. It looks in particular at the efforts that were made to correct the perceived imbalance of the Research Programme, away from the emphasis on familial processes, to take more account of socioeconomic factors. It also traces the attitude of the DHSS civil servants towards the Research Programme, and their growing exasperation with it. It argues that a full understanding of the direction taken by the Research Programme, and in particular the shift from the behavioural focus of the cycle hypothesis to the structural emphasis favoured by many researchers, is only possible through analysis of the available archival sources, supplemented by oral interviews.

Keywords: deprivation; cycle hypothesis; disadvantage; Research Programme; familial processes; socioeconomic factors; civil servants

Chapter.  12810 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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