Tag Archives: poverty

Who is Poor in the UK?

22% of the UK population, or 13.9 million people live in poverty in the UK (2016). Poverty rates are higher for lone parent households (46%), disabled households (34), and rates also vary significantly by ethnicity (e.g. the Bangladeshi poverty rate = 50%). Continue reading

Posted in Social class, wealth and income inequalities | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

UK Poverty Trends 1996 – 2017

How do we explain the long term decline in UK Poverty rate, and its more recent increase? Continue reading

Posted in Social class, wealth and income inequalities | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Mobility: Start Poor, Stay Poor?

In July 2016 Theresa May gave a speech on the steps of Downing Street in which she proposed to build a ‘country that works for every one of us’ and not just for the ‘privileged few’. Seventeen months on, the … Continue reading

Posted in Social class, wealth and income inequalities | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Rich House, Poor House – Spreading the Myth of Meritocracy

In this Channel 5 series, one family in the ‘wealthiest 10%’ of Britain swap lives for a week with a family in the ‘poorest 10% of Britain’. As I see it this programme performs an ‘ideological control function’ – spreading … Continue reading

Posted in Marxism, Sociology on TV | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The End of Development?

A summary of The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity, by Andrew Brooks (2017) This blog post covers Part 1: Making the Modern World Chapter 1: environmental determinism and early human history The argument in this … Continue reading

Posted in Book summaries | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The End of Poverty? A Documentary taking a ‘Dependency Theory’ View of Underdevelopment and Development

This 2008 Documentary seeks to answer the question of why there is still so much poverty in the world when there is sufficient wealth to eradicate it. In order to answer this question, the video goes back to 1492, which … Continue reading

Posted in Global Development, Theories of development | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Myth of the American Dream

Part of the traditional American Dream is that anyone, even children from low income families, can work their way through college, get a degree and be upwardly mobile. However, some recent research suggests that this is no longer the case … Continue reading

Posted in education | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Effects of Poverty on Life Chances in the United Kingdom

Being in poverty has a negative affect on an individual’s life chances. Being poor means you’ll struggle to make ends-meet, you’ll be stuck renting rather than buying your own house, you’ll probably be in stuck in a debt-cycle, your kids … Continue reading

Posted in Social class, wealth and income inequalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What is Poverty?

Working Definition: The condition of not having access to those things considered ‘basic’ or ‘normal’ within a society (1) Origins of the Concept The academic use of the concept can be traced back to Seebohm Rowntree’s (1901) study of Poverty … Continue reading

Posted in Social class, wealth and income inequalities | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Global Gender Inequalities – A Statistical Overview

Gender Inequalities in Employment For every dollar earned by men, women earn 70-90 cents. Women are less likely to work than men – Globally in 2015 about three quarters of men and half of women participate in the labour force. … Continue reading

Posted in Sex and gender | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment