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Material poverty and multiple deprivation in Britain: the distinctiveness of multidimensional assessment

Hick, Rod ORCID: 2016. Material poverty and multiple deprivation in Britain: the distinctiveness of multidimensional assessment. Journal of Public Policy 36 (2) , pp. 277-308. 10.1017/S0143814X14000348

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Poverty analysis is currently undergoing a multidimensional turn, increasingly focusing on the many ways in which human life can be impoverished and not just on material poverty. In this paper, we present an analysis of material poverty and multiple deprivation in Britain, which is inspired by the capability approach. We argue that the additional complexity of multidimensional analysis requires that it provides some insight not achieved by a more straightforward approach focusing on material poverty alone. Our findings indicate that whether a multidimensional assessment identifies different people as being in poverty depends on whether our interest is in identifying vulnerable individuals or in identifying vulnerable groups and whether we focus on dimensions in aggregate or disaggregate forms. We find that, although material poverty and multiple deprivation identify very different individuals, they display greater congruence in terms of identifying vulnerable groups, especially where aggregate measures are used.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Uncontrolled Keywords: Britain; capability approach; deprivation; multidimensional; poverty
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0143-814X
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 23:23

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