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Poverty StreetThe dynamics of neighbourhood decline and renewal$
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Ruth Lupton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345356

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345356.001.0001

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Historical poverty and the roots of decline

Historical poverty and the roots of decline

(p.38) (p.39) Two Historical poverty and the roots of decline
Poverty Street

Ruth Lupton

Policy Press

This chapter explores the trajectories of poverty in more detail, highlighting the areas of primary deprivation. The decline had started in the 1960s due to the increase of crime and antisocial behaviour, decline in the sense of community, and the loss of shops and services. Underlying these changes were three consistent themes: economic restructuring, resulting in every case in enormous job losses; widening inequality (driven in large part by economic changes); and changes in the size and composition of the population. It is shown that these changes led in an increase in the rate of poverty. Council-housing areas were developing the most entrenched poverty concentrations. By the beginning of the 1990s, poverty concentrations were acute and inequality was wide.

Keywords:   primary deprivation, job losses, inequality, population size, population composition, council-housing areas, poverty concentrations

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