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    DescriptionThis 2003 book is a fascinating and moving portrait of the people who are suffering in a more divided and less egalitarian Australian society. Based on the author's conversations with hundreds of people living in three areas commonly described as 'disadvantaged' - Inala in Queensland, Mount Druitt in New South Wales and Broadmeadows in Victoria - this is a book in which impoverished Australians, who are often absent from debates about poverty, tell their own stories. Some are funny, others are sad. There are stories about loss, despair and an uncertain future they can hardly bear to tell. But there are also stories about hope, and the capacity of poorer people to imagine and create a fairer world. Rather than focusing on abstractions such as the underclass, this book provides an intimate account of real people's fears, hopes and dilemmas in the face of growing inequality, entrenched unemployment, and fading opportunities for the young.

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    The Lowest Rung
    Voices of Australian Poverty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Peel
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521830621
    ISBN 10: 0521830621

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    Edition statement
    New ed.
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    1 map
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    06 October 2003
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    Author Information
    Mark Peel is the author of Good Times, Hard Times and of A Little History of Australia. He teaches history at Monash University.
    Review quote
    'Peel provides a welcome contrast to the drier statistical debates over poverty lines and relative poverty. He succeeds in taking us through a range of emotions that the experience of disadvantage generates.' Dr Alastair Greig, Australian National University 'This is an important and refreshing approach to poverty in Australia. It offers a new and lively perspective on a much-researched topic, and one that breaks out of the narrow social policy focus of the bulk of this literature.' Professor Stephen Garton, University of Sydney
    Table of contents
    Introduction: journeys; 1. Describing disadvantage; 2. Heroes; 3. Suffering; 4. Anger; 5. Loss; 6. Hope; Conclusion.