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This Betwixt project aimed at describing, not so much the ways of life of people already fallen into poverty or exclusion, but the processes through which households and individuals in precarious but somehow still balanced situations get off balance and are caught into the first steps leading to poverty and exclusion. Our foc us has been on the efforts of these households to resist such processes, and on the resources, which, if available to them, would make these efforts successful.
Our methodological choices derived from the conclusions of experts in poverty research, who h ave realised the built -in limits of the statistical approach and in particular the difficulties it has in grasping the dynamic, multidimensional, and local aspects of exclusionary processes. We have aimed at associating statistical work and case studies in several ways. First, in each of the chosen cities (London, Dublin, Lisbon, Helsinki, Toulouse, Turin, Umeå), we assembled existing statistics so as to draw an urban map of the spatial distribution of precarity and poverty. This provided us with an overvi ew of the patterns of social inequality and spatial segregation across the involved cities.

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