Poverty and ethnicity in the UK

Lucinda Platt

Poverty and ethnicity in the UK

Lucinda Platt

Distributed for Bristol University Press

152 pages | © 2007
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781861349897 Published April 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Poverty rates vary dramatically across the UK’s ethnic groups - an issue of concern both for poverty-reduction policies and for social justice. This book provides a comprehensive account of these variations and explores the reasons why they occur. Drawing on a wealth of research conducted since 1991, and with a particular focus on the most recent evidence, the report reviews what we know about poverty and ethnicity and provides a detailed and considered insight into the factors contributing to the differing rates of poverty. In addition to outlining the policy implications of existing research, the author also reflects on the limitations to our knowledge and understanding of the issues, which serves as a useful framework for a future research agenda.The book is valuable both as a comprehensive assessment of the topic and as an up-to-date and searchable resource on relevant research writings. It is essential reading for all those wishing to know more about ethnic differences in poverty experience and the contributing factors. It provides a sophisticated reading of the literature for students and researchers and a policy-informed take on the research for policy-makers.


Part I: Concepts and definitions: Ethnicity and ethnic groups
Poverty and deprivation

Part II: The facts of poverty: Poverty and ethnicity: the evidence

Part III: Explaining ethnic differences in poverty: Income from employment
Family structure and kinship
Access to and use of social security benefits

Part IV: Implications: Implications for policy

Implications for research

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