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Re-thinking destitution in the UK: Typologies, spaces and transitions

Gopinath, Deepak


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Deepak Gopinath
Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Geography


Destitution, a severe form of poverty still persists in modern, industrialised nations such as the UK despite a robust, social security system in place. Increased use of food banks, inadequate housing provisions, etc., point to evidence that there are those who experience such extreme forms of deprivation. There is therefore the need to understand why destitution persists and if it might be possible to contemplate alternative approaches beyond the currently employed legal frameworks focussing mostly on asylum seekers. This commentary presents a conceptualising of various spaces and types of destitutes in the UK and points to where policy makers and the third sector might sector intervene so that transitions from ‘not destitute’ to ‘being destitute’ might be reduced.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Journal International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies
Print ISSN 2050-1048
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 4
Pages 341-347
APA6 Citation Gopinath, D. (2014). Re-thinking destitution in the UK: Typologies, spaces and transitions.
Keywords destitution, UK, typology, spaces, pathways, conceptual
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