Peter Brereton Townsend 1928–2009


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 172, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, X

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264904
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754081 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Peter Brereton Townsend 1928–2009

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Peter Townsend was a towering figure in the intellectual history of social policy in the twentieth century. He was both a sociologist and a tireless campaigner for poor and disabled people, who opened up new areas of study in sociology: inequalities suffered by older people and those with disabilities. Townsend was elected to the British Academy in 2004 and was a key member of the Black Review in the late 1970s. He was a Founding Professor at the University of Essex and later held professorships at Bristol and New York universities and the LSE. Obituary by Howard Glennerster FBA.

Keywords: obituary; Peter Townsend; British Academy; sociology; Black Review; University of Essex; LSE; Howard Glennerster

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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