Official Statistics and the Welfare State

Measuring Poverty in Britain and West Germany (1970-2020)

From populations to pandemics, official statistics are indispensable to thinking about modern society. Alex Fenton sets out a sociological approach to analysing how these powerful numbers are produced by government agencies and their fight over them. He shows how statistics extend the capacities of the state and represent social problems. Using archives, interviews, and official publications, he presents a detailed case study of the development of poverty and income statistics in Britain and West Germany. With this, the book demonstrates the importance of historical analysis and underlines the ambivalent position of official statistics between politics, government, and science.

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27 February 2022, ca. 370 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5751-7

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Alex Fenton

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Author(s)
Alex Fenton
Book title
Official Statistics and the Welfare State Measuring Poverty in Britain and West Germany (1970-2020)
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
ca. 370
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-5751-7
Commodity Group
1727
BIC-Code
JFFM HBLW
BISAC-Code
SOC050000 HIS037070
THEMA-Code
JBFQ
Release date
27 February 2022
Edition
1
Topics
Gesellschaft, Soziale Ungleichheit
Readership
Sociology, History, Social Policy, Statistics
Keywords/Tags
Society, Social Inequality, History of the 20th Century, Economic Sociology, History

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