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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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Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty

Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty

(p.110) (p.111) six Social justice for children: investigating and eradicating child poverty
Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Ruth Lister

Policy Press

This chapter stresses that Peter did not separate child poverty out from the wider issues of poverty and privilege as a discrete problem, which could be solved without addressing the underlying structures of inequality that maintain social injustice. It observes that this lifelong belief is frequently demonstrated, for example, notably in Poverty in the UK, in which Peter attributed the experience of poverty by women and children to structural disadvantage, not to ‘personal characteristics’, up until his final work on international poverty which uses the language of human rights to shift the debate from the personal failures of the poor to failures at the macro level of national governments and international organisations. It sets out the major challenges which need to be addressed in the continuing fight to end child poverty.

Keywords:   child poverty, poverty and privilege, inequality, social injustice, Poverty in the UK, children, structural disadvantage, international poverty, human rights

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