Between the social and the spatial : exploring the multiple by Katrien De Boyser, Jürgen Friedrichs, Caroline Dewilde

By Katrien De Boyser, Jürgen Friedrichs, Caroline Dewilde

Because the starting of the Nineteen Nineties, the sluggish widening of clinical and coverage debates on poverty from a slim specialise in source of revenue poverty to a extra inclusive idea of social exclusion, has made poverty learn either extra attention-grabbing and extra advanced. This transition to a extra multidimensional conceptualization of poverty kinds the heritage and start line of this e-book. Researchers learning the 'social' and 'spatial' dimensions of poverty have in simple terms began to problem and discover the limits of every other's learn views and tools. This publication brings jointly those assorted our bodies of literature at the intersection of spatial and social exclusion for the 1st time, via supplying a state-of-the artwork evaluation written by means of internationally-recognized specialists who significantly examine the theoretical prestige in their examine on social exclusion, and at the implications this has for destiny examine and policy-making agendas

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Maurice Halbwachs (1930) also acknowledged that the particular way of life in a rural civilisation constituted, in particular before the onset of urbanisation and industrialisation in the nineteenth century, an equilibrium and form of stability with regard to individual relationships: ‘People lived in one place, were adapted to each other, knew each other too well to be frequently exposed to these clashes that occurred when they passed from one place, situation, profession, world to another. Business, more restraint and easier, brought along fewer risks.

In the 2001 Eurobarometer concerning poverty and social exclusion, a question was formulated concerning the childhood of the interviewees, in particular concerning the financial difficulties experienced by their parents, when the last mentioned were in charge of their upbringing. Statistical analysis (results not reported) allows us to examine the effect of these financial difficulties during respondents’ childhood on the financial difficulties they are confronted with as adults. There is, as was to be expected, a strong correlation between these two variables: the probability of experiencing financial difficulties at an adult age is higher when one has spent her childhood in an economically disadvantaged environment (Corcoran 2001).

The social stakes were elsewhere. Enrolled in ‘collectives’, wage workers fought for an improvement of their salary and of their work conditions. The question of poverty was overshadowed by the more general question of social inequality. This elementary form of poverty does not entirely belong to the past. Analysis of more recent times, characterised by the raise of unemployment and by the fragility of employment, has shown that marginal poverty had not yet disappeared in every European country.

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