From saving to empowering to including: changing understandings of poverty at the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Poverty Australia

Alison McClelland traces the changes in understandings of poverty, and responses to it, in the services, research and advocacy undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence since the 1930s. She argues that two enduring features of its approach have been the recognition of the structural dimension of poverty and the related need to address poverty by preventive social action rather than only by remedial attention; but she also notes variations over the years, for example in the emphasis on individual agency and empowerment.

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