The Lowest Rung

Author: Mark Peel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521537599
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This 2003 book is a fascinating and moving portrait of the people who are suffering in a more divided and less egalitarian Australian society. Based on the author's conversations with hundreds of people living in three areas commonly described as 'disadvantaged' - Inala in Queensland, Mount Druitt in New South Wales and Broadmeadows in Victoria - this is a book in which impoverished Australians, who are often absent from debates about poverty, tell their own stories. Some are funny, others are sad. There are stories about loss, despair and an uncertain future they can hardly bear to tell. But there are also stories about hope, and the capacity of poorer people to imagine and create a fairer world. Rather than focusing on abstractions such as the underclass, this book provides an intimate account of real people's fears, hopes and dilemmas in the face of growing inequality, entrenched unemployment, and fading opportunities for the young.

Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Author: Mark Peel
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226653668
Format: PDF
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Social workers produced thousands of case files about the poor during the interwar years. Analyzing almost two thousand such case files and traveling from Boston, Minneapolis, and Portland to London and Melbourne, Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse is a pioneering comparative study that examines how these stories of poverty were narrated and reshaped by ethnic diversity, economic crisis, and war. Probing the similarities and differences in the ways Americans, Australians, and Britons understood and responded to poverty, Mark Peel draws a picture of social work that is based in the sometimes fraught encounters between the poor and their interpreters. He uses dramatization to bring these encounters to life—joining Miss Cutler and that resurrected horse are Miss Lindstrom and the fried potatoes and Mr. O’Neil and the seductive client—and to give these people a voice. Adding new dimensions to the study of charity and social work, this book is essential to understanding and tackling poverty in the twenty-first century.

A History of Australia

Author: Mark Peel
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230357660
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From the first explorers to present-day Australians, via the great migrations of the centuries in between, Australia's story has been shaped by movement and mobility. This cultural, political and social history offers a clear chronological narrative which brings to life the ideas, hopes and journeys of Australia's past and present.

The End of Poverty

Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101643285
Format: PDF, ePub
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The landmark exploration of economic prosperity and how the world can escape from extreme poverty for the world's poorest citizens, from one of the world's most renowned economists Hailed by Time as one of the world's hundred most influential people, Jeffrey D. Sachs is renowned for his work around the globe advising economies in crisis. Now a classic of its genre, The End of Poverty distills more than thirty years of experience to offer a uniquely informed vision of the steps that can transform impoverished countries into prosperous ones. Marrying vivid storytelling with rigorous analysis, Sachs lays out a clear conceptual map of the world economy. Explaining his own work in Bolivia, Russia, India, China, and Africa, he offers an integrated set of solutions to the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that challenge the world's poorest countries. Ten years after its initial publication, The End of Poverty remains an indispensible and influential work. In this 10th anniversary edition, Sachs presents an extensive new foreword assessing the progress of the past decade, the work that remains to be done, and how each of us can help. He also looks ahead across the next fifteen years to 2030, the United Nations' target date for ending extreme poverty, offering new insights and recommendations. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Poverty Wars

Author: Peter Saunders
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9780868408101
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Argues that as a nation Australia can afford to eliminate financial poverty. The fact we don't do so is a matter of choice, not affordability - as the experience of other countries demonstrates.

A Little History of Australia

Author: Mark Peel
Publisher: Melbourne University Publish
ISBN: 0522854370
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A history of Australia that covers: discovery by European; navigators who claimed the land as their own; the First Fleet, convict settlements and the gold rushes; the birth-pangs of a federated nation, and the experiences of Australians in the world's wars; and the Australian way of life.

Community and Local Governance in Australia

Author: Paul Smyth
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9780868407753
Format: PDF
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This book examines the resurgence in Australia of locality-based social policy (concerned with the spatial dimensions of disadvantage), after the political failures of the market oriented approach to regional reform. The book proposes that these trends are leading to a new 'post-competition' policy regime in Australia that mirrors global policy trends.

Thinking about Poverty

Author: Klaus Serr
Publisher: Federation Press
ISBN: 9781862876262
Format: PDF
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How does poverty in Australia relate to global poverty and inequality? Why does poverty persist in the midst of affluence? Thinking About Poverty addresses this question and others through bridging the three key learning areas of theory, policy and practice. Invaluable for students of social work, social policy, and community and welfare, this book covers: the effects of neo-liberal policies on families and the unemployed the reason why women are the main victims of poverty the individualistic models on which Australian government policies are largely based the failure to address the structural causes of poverty alternative definitions of poverty which are not based solely on economic measurements the disadvantaged situation of Aboriginal people which have resulted from past and current policies the connections between poverty and mental illness the social policy debates regarding people with a disability Not just a critique, it also puts forward a range of anti-poverty strategies and considers alternative economic thinking. With contributions from academics and practitioners, Thinking About Poverty provides a contemporary and accessible contribution to discourse about poverty in Australia. Contributors: Robert Bland, Karen Crinall, Gavin Dufty, Benno Engels, Sue Green, Ruth Phillips, Eric Porter, Margot Rawsthorne, David Rose, Klaus Serr, Frank Stilwell, David Sykes, Jennie Trezise, and Ruth Webber.

Temper Democratic

Author: Humphrey McQueen
Publisher: Wakefield Press
ISBN: 9781862544666
Format: PDF, Docs
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Temper Democratic is an irreverent reflection on the idea of a classless Australia - its achievements, its limitations and its opponents. Humphrey McQueen explains why no news is best, scorns a national flag, turns the logic of multiculturalism against ethnic chauvinists and advances a wicked redemption of political correctness.