Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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This collection of essays provides a state-of-the-art examination of the concepts and methods that can be used to understand poverty dynamics. It does this from an interdisciplinary perspective and includes the work of anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists. The contributions included highlight the need to conceptualise poverty from a multidimensional perspective and promote Q-Squared research approaches, or those that combine quantitative and qualitative research.

The first part of the book provides a review of the research on poverty dynamics in developing countries. Part Two focuses on poverty measurement and assessment, and discusses the most recent work of world-leading poverty analysts. The third part focuses on frameworks for understanding poverty analysis that avoid measurement and instead utilize approaches based on social relations and structural analysis.

There is widespread consensus that poverty analysis should focus on poverty dynamics and this book shows how this idea can practically be taken forward.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199557547
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Addison is Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) University of Manchester, Associate Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), and Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester. He is currently working on chronic poverty, post-conflict reconstruction and development finance.

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester and Associate Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. His research interests include rural development; poverty analysis and poverty reduction strategies; finance for the poor and sociology of development. At present he is a senior research fellow with the Leverhulme Trust.

Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He has held various positions at the World Bank and has also served as Director of the World Bank's World Development Report.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii

List of Tables xiv

List of Contributors xvi

Part I Introduction

1 Poverty Dynamics: Measurement and Understanding from an Interdisciplinary Perspective Tony Addison David Hulme Ravi Kanbur 3

Part II Poverty Dynamics: Poverty Measurement and Assessment

2 Chronic Poverty and All That: The Measurement of Poverty Over Time Cesar Calvo Stefan Dercon 29

4 Measuring Chronic Non-Income Poverty Isabel Gunther Stephan Klasen 77

5 The Construction of an Asset Index: Measuring Asset Accumulation in Ecuador Caroline Moser Andrew Felton 102

6 Looking Forward: Theory-Based Measures of Chronic Poverty and Vulnerability Michael R. Carter Munenobu Ikegami 128

7 Poverty in Time: Exploring Poverty Dynamics from Life History Interviews in Bangladesh Peter Davis 154

8 Subjective Assessments, Participatory Methods, and Poverty Dynamics: The Stages of Progress Method Anirudh Krishna 183

Part III Explanatory Frameworks for Understanding Poverty Dynamics

9 Bringing Politics Back into Poverty Analysis: Why Understanding of Social Relations Matters More for Policy on Chronic Poverty than Measurement John Harriss 205

10 Poverty Measurement Blues: Beyond 'Q-Squared' Approaches to Understanding Chronic Poverty in South Africa Andries du Toit 225

11 When Endowments and Opportunities Don't Match: Understanding Chronic Poverty S. R. Osmani 247

12 Investments, Bequests, and Public Policy: Intergenerational Transfers and the Escape from Poverty Agnes R. Quisumbing 267

13 Questioning the Power of Resilience: Are Children up to the Task of Disrupting the Transmission of Poverty? Jo Boyden Elizabeth Cooper 289

14 The SocialDistribution of Sanctioned Harm: Thinking through Chronic Poverty, Durable Poverty, and Destitution Maia Green 309

15 Toward an Economic Sociology of Chronic Poverty: Enhancing the Rigour and Relevance of Social Theory Michael Woolcock 328

Index 349

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