Understanding Poverty and Well-Being
Bridging the Disciplines
Edited by David Hulme, John Toye
Routledge – 2007 – 256 pages
Written by a multi-disciplinary team of contributors, this collection explores the different dimensions of well being, poverty and inequality.
A person’s sense of well being is compounded of many elements including economic, political and social psychology. Poverty and inequality are aspects of a lack of well being in multiple dimensions and, this texts argues, development should be considered a process that overcomes these multiple deficiencies
This book examines the advantages of analysing poverty and development by multi-discipline research. Economists, political sociologists and anthropologists put forward an idea of well being from their own perspective, using their own research material, while the editors argue in their introduction that bringing to bear of many disciplines can enrich the research output of all.
1. The Case for Cross-disciplinary Social Science Research on Poverty, Inequality and Well-being 2. Representing Poverty and Attacking Representations: Perspectives on Poverty from Social Anthropology 3. Pluralism, Poverty and Sharecropping: Cultivating Open-mindedness in Development Studies 4. Capabilities, Reproductive Health and Well-being 5. Development and Social Capital 6. Subjective Well-being Poverty vs. Income Poverty and Capabilities Poverty? 7. Poverty, Persistence and Transitions in Uganda: A Combined Qualitative and Quantitive Analysis 8. Consumption and Welfare in Ghana in the 1990s
John Toye is at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford
David Hulme is Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.