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The Peter Townsend reader By Peter Phillimore

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This reader brings together for the first time a collection of Peter Townsend's most distinctive work, allowing readers to review the changes that have taken place over the past six decades, and reflect on issues that have returned to the fore today.

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The Peter Townsend reader by Peter Phillimore

Peter Townsend, who sadly passed away in June 2009, had a long career researching an exceptional range of topics within the social sciences and campaigning against social inequalities. This reader brings together for the first time a collection of his most distinctive work, allowing readers to review changes and continuities over the past six decades, and reflect on social issues that have returned to the fore today. A particular feature of the volume is in tracing the links between empirical evidence and both social theory and social policy, and how those disciplines intersect. This reader will provide a teaching and learning resource for students in different disciplines of the social sciences and will also provide an insight into the development of one scientist's entire intellectual approach. We hope it will be a fitting memorial to his life and work.

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"..this reader is an inspiration to us to collect and publish evidence in the cause of social change - and that, I'm sure, is the legacy for which Townsend would have wished. (It) is everything which students of social policy would have asked for." Citizens' Income Newsletter
"A valuable selection from the writings of an outstanding sociologist whose analyses have greatly enriched our understanding of social policy and its impact on people's lives and the wider society." Adrian Sinfield, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
"This collection of Peter Townsend's writing is a tribute to his breadth of scholarship, and the superb clarity of his writing and his commitment will continue to inspire social scientists." Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, Department of Social Policy and Social work, University of York
"This invaluable collection introduces readers to a wide range of Peter Townsend's writings over half a century. It is a fitting memorial to an outstanding scholar and campaigner." Professor Ruth Lister, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

About Peter Phillimore

Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology at The University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, holds lifetime achievement awards from the British Gerontological Society and the Social Policy Association and was the ESRC's first Impact Champion (2013). He directed the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme 2005-14. David Gordon is Professor of Social Justice and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristolat the University of Bristol. Ruth Levitas is Professor of Sociology and (from 2006) Head of Department at the University of Bristol, UK. I am a social anthropologist based within Newcastle Sociology, and throughout my career much of my research has been collaborative - working particularly with other social scientists and epidemiologists. Since my PhD, most of my writing has been either on health-related topics or on environmental politics, and sometimes at the intersection of the two. I retired in 2015 and now hold the position of Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology. Chris Phillipson is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has published a number of general books in the field of ageing as well a number of papers on age-friendly issues. Margot Salomon is Associate Professor in the Law Department and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights where she directs the multidisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy (Lab). Nicola Yeates is Professor of Social Policy at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. She has published widely on issues of globalisation and social policy, including on global migration, social protection and employment (see Open Research Online ( She is a former Editor-in-Chief of Global Social Policy (Sage) and Vice-Chair of the Social Policy Association, and is Chair of the Editorial Board of Social Policy and Society (CUP).

Table of Contents

Introduction; Section I: Sociology and social policy ~ edited by Alan Walker; Section II: From welfare state to international welfare ~ edited by Nicola Yeates; Section III: Poverty ~ edited by David Gordon; Section IV: Inequality and social exclusion ~ edited by Ruth Levitas; Section V: Health inequalities and health policy ~ edited by Peter Phillimore; Section VI: Older people ~ edited by Chris Phillipson; Section VII: Disability ~ edited by Alan Walker; Section VIII: Social justice and human rights ~ edited by Margot E. Salomon.

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