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Poverty and insecurity: Life in low-pay, no-pay Britain

Poverty and insecurity: Life in low-pay, no-pay Britain

BOOK by Tracy Shildrick, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, and Kayleigh Garthwaite

Policy Press, December 2012

This book is the first of its kind to examine the relationship between social exclusion, poverty and the labour market.

Tracy Shildrick, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, and Kayleigh Garthwaite challenge long-standing and dominant myths about 'the workless' and 'the poor', by exploring close-up the lived realities of life in low-pay, no-pay Britain. Work may be 'the best route out of poverty' sometimes but for many people getting a job can be just a turn in the cycle of recurrent poverty - and of long-term churning between low-skilled 'poor work' and unemployment.

Based on qualitative, life-history research with a 'hard-to-reach group' of younger and older people, men and women, the book shows how poverty and insecurity have now become the defining features of working life for many.

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12.09.2016
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