Books to download

We are pleased to be able to provide for download the past publications at the heart of the Poverty and Social Exclusion work.

The two seminal works that pioneered the concept and application of relative deprivation in measuring poverty are available to download as a pdf of the whole books and on a chapter by chapter basis from the left hand menu:

Poor Britain by Joanna Mack and Stewart Lansley, first published in 1985 (George Allen & Unwin), analyses the results of the 1983 Breadline Britain survey and sets out the consensual method for measuring poverty using the concept of socially defined necessities.

Poverty in the United Kingdom by Peter Townsend first published in 1979 (Penguin books), analyses the results of the 1968/69 survey of Household resources & standards of living and explores the concept or relative deprivation

We have also been given permission to make available Breadline Britain in the 1990s (Gordon & Pantazis, 1997). This book analyses the results of the 1990 Breadline Britain survey. Download a pdf of the whole book here.

The 1999 PSE survey results were first publised by the Jospeh Rowntree Foundation as a booklet: Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain (2000), David Gordon, Ruth Levitas, Christina Pantazis, Demi Patsios, Sarah Payne, Peter Townsend, Laura Adelman, Karl Ashworth, Sue Middleton, Jonathan Bradshaw and Julie Williams. The full results were written up in Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain (Pantazis et al, 2006) and we can make available chapter 2, The concept and measurement of poverty by David Gordon, and chapter 5, The concept and measurement of social exclusion by Ruth Levitas.

The results of the 2002/03 poverty survey in Northern Ireland were published as Bare Necessities (2003), Paddy Hillyard, Grace Kelly, Eithne McLaughlin, Demi Patsios and Mike Tomlinson.

Details of books based on the 2012 Poverty and Social Exclusion survey are available here.

Please cite full references if quoting from these books and publications.

You can find out more about the past research unerlying these piblications under Past UK research in the PSE research section.