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Poverty in Canada, Third Edition
Implications for Health and Quality of Life
Now in its third edition, this comprehensive text provides a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on poverty and its impact on the health and quality of life of Canadians. Considering a broad range of topics, Dennis Raphael covers the central issues of defining and measuring poverty; situational and societal causes of poverty; health and social implications for individuals, communities, and society as a whole; and the means of reducing poverty’s incidence and responding to its effects. This volume will foster greater insight into the repercussions of poverty throughout society, encouraging readers to reflect on provocative questions at the end of each chapter.
Well updated to reflect current statistics and recent public policy changes, this new edition puts emphasis on the lived experiences of poverty. Poverty in Canada considers a range of issues that will be of great value to a variety of audiences, including those studying or working in health studies, social work, sociology, and equity studies.
- expands on the analysis of why specific groups of Canadians are over-represented amongst those living in poverty, including Indigenous people, people of colour, and recent immigrants
- includes extensive lists of resources in each chapter
- features a section on the experience of poverty, touching on pathways to poverty, lived experiences, and interactions with the social assistance and health care system
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Third Edition, Cathy Crowe
Foreword to the Second Edition, Rob Rainer
Foreword to the First Edition, Jack Layton
PART I: DEFINING AND MEASURING POVERTY IN CANADA
Chapter One: Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State
Chapter Two: Canadian Perspectives on Poverty
Chapter Three: Who Is Poor in Canada?
Chapter Four: Making Sense of Poverty: Social Inequality and Social Exclusion
PART II: THE EXPERIENCE OF POVERTY
Chapter Five: Pathways to Poverty
Chapter Six: The Lived Experience of Poverty
Chapter Seven: Interactions with the Social Service and Health Care Systems
PART III: POVERTY, HEALTH, AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Chapter Eight: Poverty and Health
Chapter Nine: Poverty and Health: Mechanisms and Pathways
Chapter Ten: Poverty and Quality of Life
PART IV: POLITICS, PUBLIC POLICY, AND POVERTY
Chapter Eleven: The Politics of Poverty
Chapter Twelve: Anti-Poverty Strategies and Programs
Chapter Thirteen: Canadian Public Policy and Poverty in International Perspective
Chapter Fourteen: Poverty and the Future of the Canadian Welfare State
Epilogue: Poverty in Canada and the COVID-19 Pandemic