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20 January 2021
Papers are invited which address the theme of poverty. While poverty can be conceptualized as a classification of wealth or measured on a spectrum from absolute to relative, it also carries the capacity to erode a sense of well-being above and beyond an individual’s access to resources. Potentially the impact of poverty can persist long after the financial pressures associated with it have been resolved, although often poverty is a long-term, sometimes life-long, experience. It is the psycho-social aspects of poverty, by which we mean the emotional, psychological, social and rights dimensions of poverty, which this special issue aims to explore. The experience of poverty as material deprivation is only one dimension of a multidimensional context which includes the denial of social parity and social justice, of structural participation and recognition, of equality and respect. Therefore, the impact of poverty on the individual goes far beyond their access to money and our understanding of poverty must involve a critical engagement with the lived experience of poverty and a questioning of the structures which support poverty to persist, including those within which the social work profession operates. Papers are invited which consider poverty from a range of perspectives and authors are encouraged to address questions such as:
- How does poverty intersect with personal and social identity?
- How can social workers address poverty at individual and societal levels?
- What are social workers doing to challenge the persistence of poverty in society? Are they doing enough?
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