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Poverty, structure, and behaviour: three social scientists

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348357.003.0007
Poverty, structure, and behaviour: three social scientists

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This chapter uses the Research Programme to explore further the approach of social scientists to issues of poverty, deprivation, structure, and behaviour. It builds on the earlier work by Deacon, which took a collective biographical approach to explaining changing ideologies of welfare reform, focusing on Richard Titmuss, Charles Murray, and Lawrence Mead, along with Oscar Lewis, William Julius Wilson, and William Ryan. This chapter looks particularly at the work of social scientists who were openly hostile, or at best marginal, to the Research Programme: Harriet Wilson, Adrian Sinfield, and Peter Townsend.

Keywords: Research Programme; social scientists; poverty; deprivation; structure; behaviour; Deacon; welfare reform

Chapter.  11699 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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