Poverty, Social Classes and Ways of life: Portugal in The European Context
The project's objective is to discuss and present some new theoretical proposals and to operationalise key concepts based on micro-data from the European Community Households Panel (ECHP), with a view to making an innovative contribution to the social characterisation of contemporary Portugal in the European context. The intention is to cross the problematics of social classes and underclass and the distribution of incomes and poverty. It will combine traditional approaches taken by the analysis of income that is characteristic of economic science, with some core areas of sociological research, such as the structured systems of social inequalities. The presentation of the ways of life concept will complement and deepen in a qualitative perspective this objective.