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From transmitted deprivation to social exclusionPolicy, poverty, and parenting$
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Dr John Welshman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348357

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348357.001.0001

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From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion

From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion

(p.233) Eight From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion
From transmitted deprivation to social exclusion

John Welshman

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the way that New Labour has chosen to tackle social exclusion and child poverty from its election in May 1997, relating this to CASE research and to work on poverty dynamics, and looking in particular at the Sure Start initiative. It argues that these, along with the focus on transmission mechanisms and intergenerational continuities, point to marked continuities with the 1970s debate over transmitted deprivation. It also looks at other pressures, most notably those around antisocial behaviour and at Blair's JRF speech on social exclusion on 5 September 2006. It argues that New Labour started out with a focus on social exclusion. Blair's Beveridge Lecture on child poverty came out of the blue and the government was increasingly drawn into debates about antisocial behaviour. New initiatives on social exclusion mean that the continuities with transmitted deprivation are now much stronger than ever before.

Keywords:   New Labour, social exclusion, child poverty, CASE research, Sure Start, transmitted deprivation, antisocial behaviour, Blair, Beveridge Lecture

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