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Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Tony Addison
David Hulme
Ravi Kanbur


Interest in poverty and in its elimination is now intense. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set the goal of halving poverty by 2015, all major aid donors organize their operations around poverty reduction, new actors — notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — are adding major resources to the task, and the challenge of poverty reduction has been popularised by social mobilisation (Jubilee 2000 and Make Poverty History) and celebrities (Bono, Bob Geldof and Angelina Jolie).

Research on poverty has never been as vigorous as it is now. The very notion of poverty — how we conceptualize what it means to be poor — and how we measure it is generating a rich debate involving economists, anthropologists, and other social scientists. And whereas previously the subject tended to be split between those who pursued primarily quantitative approaches to poverty measurement (from the economics tradition) and those pursuing qualitative approaches (from the other social sciences) there is now much greater interaction and discussion between researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds.

In this volume we examine the opportunity for the evolution of Q-squared approaches to poverty dynamics by presenting the reader with the latest thinking by a group of researchers who are leaders in their field.

The book should be of considerable interest to poverty researchers and to those working in the policy arena on the reduction of poverty.

This book is not available to download online, but it is available to buy from Oxford University Press (and other sources).

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