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Family Futures: childhood and poverty in urban neighbourhoods

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Anne Power, Helen Willmot, and Rosemary Davidson
The Policy Press (6 July 2011)

Family life in areas of concentrated poverty and social problems is undermined by surrounding conditions. This timely book, by acclaimed author Anne Power and her team, is based on a unique longitudinal study of over 200 families interviewed annually over the last decade.

It examines the initiatives introduced to help such families and the impacts on them, their future prospects and the implications for policy. Accessibly written and with clear data presentation, the book will have wide appeal to people who work with, live in and care about families, children and low-income areas.

  • Anne Power is professor of social policy at LSE and head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.

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'An invaluable look at the lives of families in these challenging areas and a view from their perspective as to how well policies did or did not work.'
Jane Waldfogel, School of Social Work, Columbia University, USA

'Some people can't choose a nice area. So how do public services affect their lives? This insightful book shows, through the voices of the people themselves, just what a difference those services can make.'
Professor Lord Layard, London School of Economics

Family Futures