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Family Futures: Childhood and poverty in urban neighbourhoods

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CASE & LSE Housing and Communities book launch and debate

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2011 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Dr Katharine Rake, Professor Anne Power, Jane Waldfogel
Chair:  Professor David Piachaud

Family futures is about family life in areas of concentrated poverty and social problems where surrounding conditions make bringing up children more difficult and family life more fraught and limited. Home and neighbourhood carry special meaning for families, because where they live, how they fit in with their neighbours, and how their children grow up all intertwine, to build a sense of community. 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 answers three important questions in the words of families themselves: What challenges face families in poor areas? How are the challenges being met? Have government efforts helped or hindered progress over the past decade? This event will have wide appeal to people who work with, live in and care about families and low-income areas.

Margaret Hodge is Member of Parliament for Barking.

Dr Katharine Rake OBE is Chief Executive Officer at the Family and Parenting Institute.

Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy and Head of LSE Housing at LSE.

Jane Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required but registration in advance is required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. To register and for any queries contact Nicola Serle by n.serle@lse.ac.uk| or phone 020 7955 6684. For further information, please visit the LSE Housing website|.

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