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The Lowest Rung

The Lowest Rung
Voices of Australian Poverty

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  • Author: Mark Peel, Monash University, Victoria
  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521537599

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  • This original account of the impact of growing economic inequality upon the poorest segments of Australian society lets those most harshly affected by poverty reveal their fears, hopes and dilemmas. It is largely based on the author's conversations with hundreds of individuals living in three areas commonly described as "disadvantaged" in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    •  This outstanding book is the first of its kind in this country. It shows the real face of poverty, by giving the people most harshly affected by economic rationalism a voice
    •  The book is based on well over 250 interviews with people living and working in three of Australia's most disadvantaged areas
    •  This book is destined to become a classic
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    'Peel provides a welcome contrast to the drier statistical debates over poverty lines and relative poverty. He succeeds in taking us through a range of emotions that the experience of disadvantage generates.' Dr Alastair Greig, Australian National University

    'This is an important and refreshing approach to poverty in Australia. It offers a new and lively perspective on a much-researched topic, and one that breaks out of the narrow social policy focus of the bulk of this literature.' Professor Stephen Garton, University of Sydney

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    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521537599
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: journeys
    1. Describing disadvantage
    2. Heroes
    3. Suffering
    4. Anger
    5. Loss
    6. Hope
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Mark Peel, Monash University, Victoria
    Mark Peel is the author of Good Times, Hard Times and of A Little History of Australia. He teaches history at Monash University.

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