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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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Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge

Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge

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(p.59) three Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge
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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice
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Hilary Land

Hilary Rose

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0003

This chapter demonstrates both the sociological and methodological significance of Peter's work. It notes that women respondents outnumbered men in both The family life of old people and The last refuge. It observes that in both studies, Peter illustrated everyday experiences but superimposes on his novelist's eye a passion for scientific analysis. It acknowledges that Peter was a pioneer ahead of his time while being at the same time a man of his time, by the recognition given on the importance of the role of women, and especially grandmothers, in these studies. It goes on to trace some of the key demographic, social and economic features of the period and how official statistics — another of Peter's battles — gave over-simplified pictures both of family and work life.

Keywords:   scientific analysis, work, women respondents, family life, demographic features, role of women, grandmothers, official statistics, family and work life

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