Although the facts of poverty frame all that is discussed in this book, it is not one that is concerned with academic debates about measures, rates and definitions of poverty (see Hills et al., 2002; Piachaud and Sutherland, 2002). Nor is it an evaluation of the laudable political efforts of the British Labour government to reduce child poverty, regenerate run-down neighbourhoods or otherwise tackle social exclusion (see Social Exclusion Unit, 2004). Rather, this is a book about the experiences of people as they grow up in some of the poorest parts of Britain; how they live through conditions of poverty and carve out transitions to adulthood in some of the most adverse circumstances. In other words, our ambition has been an ethnographic one: to understand, from the point of view of those at the sharp end, how processes of social exclusion intermesh with processes of youth transition.
KeywordsSocial Exclusion Poor Neighbourhood Housing Career School Disengagement Youth Transition
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