This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.


The apparent simplicity of this definition conceals a debate that has preoccupied social policy analysts for many years. It is a debate that has particular significance for making international comparisons since national median incomes, and therefore the embedded quality of life issues, vary enormously among countries and their economies. This is a result of variations in gross domestic product (GDP), which is a powerful determinant of the median income level of any given population. The adoption of a definition of relative (as opposed to absolute) poverty is therefore seen by many ...

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