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Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak


This book examines absolute poverty in Europe, which is at the moment fairly neglected in academic and policy discourse. It opens with conceptual and methodological considerations that prepare the ground for an application of the concept of absolute poverty in the context of affluent societies and analyses shortcomings of social statistics as well as possibilities to include highly vulnerable groups. This includes thoughts on ethics of research in this particular field where people live under severe circumstances and research can make a difference. The book sheds light on crucial dimensions of ... More

Keywords: absolute poverty, Europe, poverty research, social exclusion, deprivation, vulnerable groups, ethics, social policy

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut Gaisbauer, editor
University of Salzburg

Gottfried Schweiger, editor
University of Salzburg

Clemens Sedmak, editor
University of Notre Dame

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1 Absolute poverty in Europe: introduction

Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak

Part One Conceptual and methodological challenges

3 Measures of extreme poverty applied in the European Union

Jonathan Bradshaw and Oleksandr Movshuk

Part Two Key issues for the absolute poor

7 Housing deprivation

Patricia Kennedy and Nessa Winston

Part Three Policy responses to absolute poverty in Europe

15 Penalising homelessness in Europe

Guillem Fernàndez Evangelista

Part Four Ethical perspectives on absolute poverty in Europe

18 Justice and absolute poverty

Gottfried Schweiger

Conclusion: responding to the dark reality of absolute poverty in European welfare states

Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak

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