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Child Poverty in Canada

Issues in Canada Series

Child Poverty in Canada    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-19-543205-3
Pages 164
Language English only
Price $17.95
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Written by Patrizia Albanese.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2010.


On November 24, 1989, the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed an all-party resolution to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000. Yet in 2005, a report by UNICEF placed Canada 19th in a ranking of the relative poverty of children in 26 of the world's richest countries. How can this be?

In this short and engaging book, Child Poverty in Canada evaluates the potential solutions in this eye-opening look at a complex problem. Canadian sociologist Patrizia Albanese looks at how many Canadian children live in poverty, exploring trends over time, across provinces, and among various groups. Her research reveals which children are the most vulnerable and why, and describes the physical, behavioural, and educational impact of poverty. In clear terms she explains the various ways of measuring poverty and considers why Canada ranks so low on the international scale. Finally, Albanese evaluates the theories and possible solutions to the problem.

  • Introduction
  • Defining and Measuring Child Poverty
  • Child Poverty Rates and Trends
  • Income and Outcomes: The Impact of Poverty on Children
  • Exploring Causes I: Family and Neighbourhood Factors
  • Exploring Causes II: Canada's Changing Economy
  • Exploring Causes III: Canada's Changing and Unchanging Policies
  • International Comparisons and Accounting for the Differences
  • Solutions Proposed and Tested and Recommendations for Change
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • References
  • Index
Of interest to students of sociology, social work, and early childhood studies—and concerned readers alike—Child Poverty in Canada provides a useful introduction to a topic of key importance.

Patrizia Albanese is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the co-director of the Centre for Children, Youth and Families, Ryerson University.

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