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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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Discovering child poverty: child poverty and the family to 1945

Discovering child poverty: child poverty and the family to 1945

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Discovering child poverty

Lucinda Platt

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the development of research into child poverty itself and the policy response to it up to 1945. It observes that gradually, the development came to mean that child welfare was more susceptible to systematic empirical research and, at the same time, a greater potential source of concern. It notes that there is, increasingly, a policy imperative to respond to evidence of child poverty and hardship. It explains that this imperative continues to be balanced, however, by concerns over the economic implications of action as well as on-going reluctance to intervene either in the market or in what are deemed to be family responsibilities. It explores the relationship of children to families, how support for children was seen as being an issue both inside and outside of the family context, and how child welfare is particularly tied up with and implicated in women's welfare.

Keywords:   child poverty, child welfare, empirical research, policy imperative, family responsibilities, women's welfare

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