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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264904

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264904.001.0001

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Peter Brereton Townsend 1928–2009

Peter Brereton Townsend 1928–2009

(p.301) (p.302) (p.303) Peter Brereton Townsend 1928–2009
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 172, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, X


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Peter Townsend was a towering figure in the intellectual history of social policy in the twentieth century. He was both a sociologist and a tireless campaigner for poor and disabled people, who opened up new areas of study in sociology: inequalities suffered by older people and those with disabilities. Townsend was elected to the British Academy in 2004 and was a key member of the Black Review in the late 1970s. He was a Founding Professor at the University of Essex and later held professorships at Bristol and New York universities and the LSE. Obituary by Howard Glennerster FBA.

Keywords:   obituary, Peter Townsend, British Academy, sociology, Black Review, University of Essex, LSE, Howard Glennerster

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