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Peter Saunders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428394

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428394.001.0001

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Identifying the essentials of life

Identifying the essentials of life

(p.83) five Identifying the essentials of life
Down and out

Peter Saunders

Policy Press

This chapter summarises the key features of the deprivation approach, including the role of community input, and explains how the Community Understanding of Poverty and Social Exclusion (CUPSE) Survey data are used to identify those items regarded as essential (‘the essentials of life’) in contemporary Australia. It explains that these items are identified and analysed to determine the underlying needs that they are intended to fulfil and how they relate to each other. It examines the findings to identify differences in the responses held by different groups in the community and establishes whether or not a consensus exists about the identification of essential items. It notes that the results provide a fascinating insight into the modern Australian psyche, not least as it reflects what the majority regard as essential — things that no one in Australia should have to go without.

Keywords:   deprivation approach, community input, CUPSE data, essentials, contemporary Australia

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