Poverty and Austerity amid Prosperity: A Comparative Introduction

By Gregg M. Olsen

© 2021

In wealthy nations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, issues of poverty and homelessness have often been displaced or sidelined by the accelerating number of studies on income inequality and wealth disparity. In Poverty and Austerity amid Prosperity, Gregg M. Olsen refocuses our attention on rising levels of poverty and homelessness, suggesting what we can do to address these issues.

Highlighting the important differences between Canada, the UK, and the US, this volume explores the broad and narrow ways that poverty and homelessness have been conceptualized, and how this has shaped the way they are defined, measured, and addressed in each country. After a careful examination of poverty in these three countries, the volume draws comparisons with European nations that have been more successful in keeping issues relating to poverty under control.

Olsen presents and critically contrasts the two main theoretical traditions, individual versus society, that have emerged to explain poverty and homelessness. Olsen argues that societal approaches to the study of poverty are better equipped to explain the developments unfolding across these nations, and that the eradication of poverty will only happen when the socio-economic system has been seriously overhauled and founded upon economic democracy.

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Drawing from a cross-national perspective and a range of comparative vantage points, Poverty and Austerity amid Prosperity provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of poverty.

Poverty and Austerity amid Prosperity: A Comparative Introduction

By Gregg M. Olsen

© 2021

In wealthy nations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, issues of poverty and homelessness have often been displaced or sidelined by the accelerating number of studies on income inequality and wealth disparity. In Poverty and Austerity amid Prosperity, Gregg M. Olsen refocuses our attention on rising levels of poverty and homelessness, suggesting what we can do to address these issues.

Highlighting the important differences between Canada, the UK, and the US, this volume explores the broad and narrow ways that poverty and homelessness have been conceptualized, and how this has shaped the way they are defined, measured, and addressed in each country. After a careful examination of poverty in these three countries, the volume draws comparisons with European nations that have been more successful in keeping issues relating to poverty under control.

Olsen presents and critically contrasts the two main theoretical traditions, individual versus society, that have emerged to explain poverty and homelessness. Olsen argues that societal approaches to the study of poverty are better equipped to explain the developments unfolding across these nations, and that the eradication of poverty will only happen when the socio-economic system has been seriously overhauled and founded upon economic democracy.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Gregg M. Olsen is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. His other books include The Politics of the Welfare State and Power and Inequality.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    1.Poverty Matters: Introduction

    2. Understanding Poverty: Conceptualizing, Defining, and Measuring Poverty

    3. Poverty in Three Anglo Nations: The Dimensions, Character, and Impact of Poverty

    4. Poverty and the Welfare State: Comparative Contrasts

    5. Individual-Centred Explanations for Poverty: Biogenetic and Behavioural Accounts

    6. Society-Centred Explanations for Poverty: Systemic and Socio-Political Accounts

    7. What Can Be Done?

    References
    Index

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