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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1The Nature and Extent of the Problem$
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Esther Dermott and Gill Main

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332152

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.001.0001

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Which men and women are poor? Gender, poverty and social exclusion

Which men and women are poor? Gender, poverty and social exclusion

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(p.95) Four Which men and women are poor? Gender, poverty and social exclusion
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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1
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Esther Dermott

Christina Pantazis

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.003.0005

This chapter makes the case for reasserting the importance of gender to poverty and social exclusion.We argue that gender matters to understanding poverty, given the continued relevance of gender to involvement in paid and unpaid work, and caring responsibilities, across the lifecourse. However, academics and policy makers need to reconfigure gendered poverty as more than simply studying ‘poor women’. Our analysis explores the circumstances of both women and men, and how gender intersects in significant ways with age and household type. We also show that gender differences emerge not in relation to deprivation but also in economising practices that men and women adopt to protect their living standards with women more like to cut back than men. Finally, our work highlights the need for poverty researchers to acknowledge the importance of both household and individual level measures.

Keywords:   men, women, gender, lifecourse, age, household type, poverty

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