This book addresses the long-standing global issue of poverty. An introductory chapter explores concepts and definitions of poverty, the subsequent chapters providing detailed examinations of poverty in ten different countries: UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands, The Philippines and Zimbabwe.
Each chapter follows a consistent format, to facilitate comparison and focuses on the following issues:-
* the socio-economic and historical context within which poverty exists
* the extent and nature of poverty
* the measures that have been taken to mitigate it.
This book will be essential reading for students of social policy and administration as well as development studies and anthropology.
'... the chapter on the UK should be required reading for all social work students.' - Community Care January 1999
' ... a useful volume on the subject of poverty that relates to both the developed and developing worlds.' - Development Policy Review Vol 17:1 March 1999
'The case studies are organised along a clearly defined framework, which enables comparisons between the countries, and does help to provide students of social policy and administration with essential readings in poverty in these countries...Hopefully, this book, while providing general reading about the ten countries, will contribute to new research to answer such questions.' - Journal of Development Studies, Vol 35, No.2 Dec 98