Social progress in Britain
- Anthony F. Heath ; with Elisabeth Garratt [and 3 others].
- Heath, A. F. (Anthony Francis), author
- Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
- First edition.
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In his landmark 1942 report on social insurance Sir William Beveridge talked about the 'five giants on the road to reconstruction' -- the giants of Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness. Social Progress in Britain investigates how much progress Britain has made in tackling the challenges of material deprivation, ill-health, educational standards, lack of housing, and unemployment in the decades since Beveridge wrote. Italso asks how progress in Britain compares with that of peer countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USA. Has Britain been slipping behind? What has been the impact of the increasedeconomic inequality which Britain experienced in the 1980s -- has rising economic inequality been mirrored by increasing inequalities in other areas of life too? Have there been increasing inequalities of opportunity between social classes, men and women, and different ethnic groups? And what have been the implications for Britain's sense of social cohesion?
- 1 Beveridge's Five Giants and Other Challenges to Social Progress p. 1
- 2 The Fight against Want: Material Prosperity, Inequality, and Poverty p. 13
- 3 The Fight against Disease: Life Expectancy, Disease, and Lifestyle p. 34
- 4 The Fight against Ignorance: Participation, Standards, and Non-Economic Outcomes p. 61
- 5 The Fight against Squalor: Overcrowding, Homelessness, and Affordability p. 88
- 6 The Fight against Idleness: Unemployment and Discouraged Workers p. 114
- 7 The Challenge of Inequality of Opportunity: Class, Gender, and Ethnic Inequalities p. 139
- 8 The Challenge of Social Corrosion: National Identity, Social Divisions, and Disengagement p. 165
- 9 Progress in Tackling Beveridge's Five Giants: The Successes and Limitations of Social Reform p. 198
- Endnotes p. 213
- Index p. 247