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Fighting poverty, inequality and injusticeA manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend$
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Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427151

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.001.0001

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The making of a pioneer researcher: reflections from Peter Townsend’s life story

The making of a pioneer researcher: reflections from Peter Townsend’s life story

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(p.28) (p.29) two The making of a pioneer researcher: reflections from Peter Townsend’s life story
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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice
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Paul Thompson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0002

This chapter draws on over 17 hours of interviews conducted with Peter between 1997 and 1999. It reveals clear links between Peter's childhood and education and the kind of sociologist Peter Townsend became and the work undertaken. It observes that the ‘unusual coherence’ in the interviews, which requires only ‘careful punctuation’, is also indicative of Peter's incisive thinking and clarity of expression, which is reflected in the quality of his writing, which led to an example of the work used in an exam for French students studying English. Through Peter's own words, this chapter highlights the combination of high research standards with empathy and passion which drove Peter's work forwards.

Keywords:   interviews, childhood, education, sociologist, French students, English, high research standards, empathy and passion

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