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Bob Holman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343536

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343536.001.0001

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Peter Townsend, 1928–

Peter Townsend, 1928–

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(p.127) Six Peter Townsend, 1928–
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Champions for children
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Bob Holman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343536.003.0006

Peter Townsend was Britain's leading poverty researcher and campaigner against child poverty, known for his involvement with social work. In 1939, at age eleven, he passed the scholarship to the prestigious University College School, one of the few schools to remain open in London during World War II. In 1948, Townsend took up a place at St John's College of the University of Cambridge, where he studied philosophy and social anthropology. In 1954, he accepted a post as a research officer at the Institute for Community Studies, which had been founded in East London by Michael Young. Townsend's particular study concerned the pattern of life among older people in the area. He was appointed to the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1957 as a research fellow and subsequently as a lecturer. In 1963, Townsend was appointed Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. Six years later, he was elected chair of the Child Poverty Action Group. Townsend was a long-time member and supporter of the Labour Party.

Keywords:   Peter Townsend, Britain, poverty, social work, St John's College, LSE, University of Essex, child poverty, Labour Party

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