Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships. We examine the relationship between income poverty and housing pathways over an 18-year period to 2008, and develop consensual approaches to poverty estimation, housing deprivation, and the prevalence of … [Read More] Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jonathan Michie This year’s Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum warns that rising income inequality and societal polarisation could create further problems if urgent action isn’t taken -– and that’s after the car-crash that was 2016. Amen to that. It is somehow appropriate that the report is published just … [Read More] It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you – The Conversation

Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: Christchurch, New Zealand has a unique opportunity to potentially rebuild as a dementia-friendly city in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The present study gathered insights from people with dementia about what would make it possible for them to live better in Christchurch. Method: Twenty-six older people living with dementia were … [Read More] Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

SUMMARY Each year we encourage young Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through our annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. In 2016 we had close to 22,000 respondents. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is … [Read More] Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

Higher property prices linked to income inequality: study – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Hassan F. Gholipour, Jeremy Nguyen and Mohammad Reza Farzanegan Higher property prices are not only associated with higher income inequality but also with a higher inequality in household spending, our research shows. We examined three decades of data from 1982 to 2012 in Iran, where income inequality is the highest in the Middle … [Read More] Higher property prices linked to income inequality: study – The Conversation

Educational Re-engagement as Social Inclusion: The role of flexible learning options in alternative provision in Australia – Forum

Article by George Myconos*, Joseph Thomas, Kimberley Wilson, Kitty Te Riele, Luke Swain* pp: 345-354 ABSTRACT In Australia, a significant minority of young people do not complete upper secondary education. Whether procedural or enacted through the agency of students, the failure of the education system to accommodate young people through to completion can be regarded … [Read More] Educational Re-engagement as Social Inclusion: The role of flexible learning options in alternative provision in Australia – Forum

Inclusive financial literacy education for inspiring a critical financial consciousness: an experiment in partnership with marginalised youth – International Journal of Inclusive Education

ABSTRACT In the absence of critical inquiry, traditional financial literacy education risks socialising economically marginalised groups into an acceptance of the very power structures that created their marginalisation in the first place. The instructor-facilitator seeking to confront the challenge of promoting critical thinking about a subject widely accepted to be factual and esoteric faces considerable … [Read More] Inclusive financial literacy education for inspiring a critical financial consciousness: an experiment in partnership with marginalised youth – International Journal of Inclusive Education

Time to rethink the time policy in welfare to work – The Power to Persuade

Extract from an article by Juanita McLaren The Liberal’s Welfare to Work model has been dissected from many angles, including several Power to Persuade blogs (e.g., this recent policy comparison, this discussion of the psychological impacts of feeling ‘workless’, and this piece on how current welfare policies are designed to punish recipients.  Today’s piece provides an … [Read More] Time to rethink the time policy in welfare to work – The Power to Persuade

Beyond ‘mythbusting’: how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT In a context of ‘hardening’ attitudes towards benefit claimants in Britain, some argue that social security can only be rebuilt when ‘benefit myths’ and negative attitudes are tackled. However, this paper argues that some of these concerns are misplaced, based on evidence on (i) the extent of myths; (ii) the effectiveness of mythbusting; and … [Read More] Beyond ‘mythbusting’: how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Living with and responding to the ‘scrounger’ narrative in the UK: exploring everyday strategies of acceptance, resistance and deflection – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT In the UK, a dominant narrative operates to stereotype and stigmatise out-of-work benefit claimants as inactive welfare dependents who require activation if they are to enter paid employment and behave responsibly. Drawing upon a small-scale qualitative longitudinal study into lived experiences of welfare reform, this paper explores how out-of-work claimants respond to this dominant … [Read More] Living with and responding to the ‘scrounger’ narrative in the UK: exploring everyday strategies of acceptance, resistance and deflection – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England – British Journal of Social Work

ABSTRACT Very few UK studies make use of longitudinal general population data to explore social service contact for children and young people. Those that do only look at specific interventions such as care placements. This paper seeks to address this gap by asking to what extent do structural, neighbourhood, familial and individual characteristics predict social … [Read More] Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England – British Journal of Social Work

The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Overview from the Rev Tim Costello, Chair CCA Imagine an Australia where incarceration rates are falling, where the suicide rate is less than the road toll, where levels of violence against women and children have been significantly reduced? Imagine an Australia where your postcode or cultural identity does not define your chance of getting an education or a job or living … [Read More] The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended – The Daily Review

Extract from an article by The Daily Review Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended  Long before the internet, hashtags and cat videos were invented, anti-poverty fighters were tapping into the power of film. In the 1940s the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s founder, Father Gerard Tucker, created some powerful images in the struggle against … [Read More] Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended – The Daily Review

Anti Poverty Week in the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week  20th October 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald – Ombudsman report reveals families struggling with gas prices in NSW The Huffington Post (AU) – Lack Of Affordable Housing Should Hit Close To Home 19th October 2016 ABC News – National Press Club: Kate Ellis ABC … [Read More] Anti Poverty Week in the News

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