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Discovering child povertyThe creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present$
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Lucinda Platt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.001.0001

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The conditions for child poverty: context and chronology

The conditions for child poverty: context and chronology

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Discovering child poverty

Lucinda Platt

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the development of empirical research and the social survey with its ability to define and quantify child poverty. It connects the developments in research to the economic, political, and religious currents of the time and to the background of the individual researchers, and outlines subsequent developments or modifications in child poverty research following the development of the prototypical social surveys. It also describes the contested nature of empirical investigation; and it shows how the development of statistics is allied to debates concerning the value and quality of human life, which came into focus with studies of poverty. It goes on to look at succeeding developments and measures of child poverty, including the ‘rediscovery of poverty’ in the 1950s and 1960s. It charts the ongoing efforts of researchers to better render the reality of poverty both meaningful and immediate to publics and governments.

Keywords:   empirical research, social surveys, child poverty, human life, statistics

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