Labour Life & Poverty

Labour Life & Poverty
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Out Of Print... This book is ranked high in the list of surveys conducted from time to time on the living conditions of the working classes in our society. Perhaps the earliest of these was Engels "Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844", and with Booths monumental work "Life and Labour of the People in London" compiled between the years 1886-1892, the pattern was set for further surveys and research. Of the reports that followed, Rowntrees survey of living conditions in York has proved particularly valuable. But all of these early surveys suffered from one drawback in that they were only concerned with establishing a 'poverty line' as the minimum level of expenditure required for the maintenance of physical efficiency Professor Zweigs survey is far more comprehensive as it is concerned with how much money people earned and how it was spent. Nowadays such information is provided by the Government's statistical agencies and through such data as the Census and the Family Expenditure Surveys. 'Labour Life and Poverty' contains much of interest to the economist, sociologist, economic historian, as well as the demographer and statistician. For any social scientist the data in this study make a valid contribution to fuller understanding of human behaviour. Professor Zweig's study is based on data collected trom over 400 households by a series of casual friendly talks with working-class men rather than by questionnaire or by formal verbal questioning. The study also identifies the causes of primary poverty and the sources of secondary poverty and then goes on to discuss the major areas of expenditure. Professor Zweig also examines the causes of poverty due to unwise spending and to demonstrate how much poverty is due to one or more of three causes; betting, drinking and smoking. 'Labour, Life and Poverty' also discusses in detail the post-war boom in spending, the choice between work and leisure, attitudes towards work and saving standards of consumption and consumers' sovereignty. Appended to the book are seventy-five selected case histories from the original survey, which cover men trom many occupations and different backgrounds with different tastes and preferences resulting in very different patterns of expenditure. In conclusion Professor Zweig has this to say; "that in order to combat the evils...produced by the overgrowth of industrial and commercial life...we need a still better and richer social system based on better under standing of life and labour".

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