The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty

The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty


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Despite remarkable economic advances in many societies during the latter half of the twentieth century, poverty remains a global issue of enduring concern. Poverty is present in some form in every society in the world, and has serious implications for everything from health and well-being to identity and behavior. Nevertheless, the study of poverty has remained disconnected across disciplines.

The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty builds a common scholarly ground in the study of poverty by bringing together an international, inter-disciplinary group of scholars to provide their perspectives on the issue. Contributors engage in discussions about the leading theories and conceptual debates regarding poverty, the most salient topics in poverty research, and the far-reaching consequences of poverty on the individual and societal level. The volume incorporates many methodological perspectives, including survey research, ethnography, and mixed methods approaches, while the chapters extend beyond the United States to provide a truly global portrait of poverty.

A thorough examination of contemporary poverty, this Handbook is a valuable tool for non-profit practitioners, policy makers, social workers, and students and scholars in the fields of public policy, sociology, political science, international development, anthropology, and economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190947361
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 936
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

David Brady is Professor in the School of Public Policy, and Director of the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty at the University of California, Riverside. He is also affiliated with the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, where he was Director of the Inequality and Social Policy department from 2012-2015. He is the author of Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty.

Linda M. Burton is Dean of Social Sciences and James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Those Left Behind
Carol B. Stack

Chapter 1: Introduction
David Brady and Linda M. Burton

Chapter 2: Poverty Measurement
Timothy M. Smeeding

Chapter 3: Structural Violence, Poverty and Social Suffering
Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Paul Farmer

Chapter 4: Capability Deprivation
Rod Hick and Tania Burchardt

Chapter 5: Ideologies and Beliefs About Poverty
Matthew O. Hunt and Heather E. Bullock

Chapter 6: How Politics and Institutions Shape Poverty and Inequality
David Brady, Agnes Blome, and Hanna Kleider

Chapter 7: Linking Poverty and Children's Development: Concepts, Models and Debates
Vonnie C. McLoyd, Rosanne M. Jocson, and Abigail B. Williams

Chapter 8: Poverty Knowledge and the History of Poverty Research
Alice O'Connor

Chapter 9: The Discourse of Deservingness: Morality and the Dilemmas of Poverty Relief in Debate and Practice
Celeste Watkins-Hayes and Elyse Kovalsky

Chapter 10 Gender and Poverty
Janet C. Gornick and Natascia Boeri

Chapter 11 Life, Death, and Resurrections: The Culture and Poverty Perspective
Jessi Streib, Juhi Verma, Whitney Welsh, and Linda M. Burton

Chapter 12 The Historical Origins of Poverty in Developing Countries
Sambit Bhattacharyya

Chapter 13 The Dynamics of Poverty
Anirudh Krishna

Chapter 14: People and Places Left Behind: Rural Poverty in the New Century
Daniel T. Lichter and Kai A. Schafft

Chapter 15: Poor Neighborhoods in the Metropolis
Mary Pattillo and John N. Robinson III

Chapter 16: Segregation and the Perpetuation of Disadvantage
Douglas S. Massey

Chapter 17: Urban Poverty, Race and Space
William Julius Wilson

Chapter 18: Single and Cohabiting Parents and Poverty
Christina Gibson-Davis

Chapter 19: Job-Finding Among the Poor: Do Social Ties Matter?
Sandra Susan Smith

Chapter 20: Education
Emily Hannum and Yu Xie

Chapter 21: Employment and the Working Poor
Jérôme Gautié and Sophie Ponthieux

Chapter 22: Great Escapes and Great Divergences: Growth, Poverty and Income Inequality on a Global Scale
Robert H. Wade

Chapter 23: Intergenerational Mobility
Liana Fox, Florencia Torche, and Jane Waldfogel

Chapter 24: Economic Performance, Poverty and Inequality in Rich Countries
David Brady and Markus Jäntti

Chapter 25: Material Deprivation and Consumption
Basak Kus, Brian Nolan, and Christopher T. Whelan

Chapter 26: Hunger and Food Insecurity
Christopher B. Barrett and Erin C. Lentz

Chapter 27: Poverty and Crime
Patrick Sharkey, Max Besbris, and Michael Friedson

Chapter 28: Poverty and Informal Economies
Francois Bonnet and Sudhir Venkatesh

Chapter 29: Social Class, Poverty and the Unequal Burden of Illness and Health
Ronald J. Angel

Chapter Aid and Global Poverty
Simon Feeny and Mark McGillivray

Chapter 31: The Welfare States and Poverty
Cheol-Sung Lee and Inhoe Ku

Chapter 32: Social Policy, Transfers, Programs and Assistance
Laura Lein, Sandra K. Danziger, H. Luke Shaefer, and Amanda Tillotson

Chapter 33: Poor People's Politics
Frances Fox Piven and Lorraine C. Minnite

Chapter 34: Why and When Do Peasants Rebel?
Guillermo Trejo

Chapter 35: Unions and Poverty
Jake Rosenfeld and Jennifer Laird

Chapter 36: Housing Programs
Peter A. Kemp

Chapter 37: Microfinance and Financial Inclusion
Philip Mader

Conclusion: Toward a New Paradigm for Understanding Poverty
Mark R. Rank

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