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Poverty DynamicsInterdisciplinary Perspectives$
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Tony Addison, David Hulme, and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.001.0001

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The Social Distribution of Sanctioned Harm

The Social Distribution of Sanctioned Harm

Thinking through Chronic Poverty, Durable Poverty, and Destitution

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(p.309) 14 The Social Distribution of Sanctioned Harm
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Poverty Dynamics
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Maia Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.003.0014

This chapter presents an anthropological take on the concept of chronic poverty. An anthropological approach places social construction at the centre of enquiry, considering how concepts come to inform the practice of those who are the subjects of study and the classificatory practices through which analysis is conducted. This reflexivity differentiates anthropology from other social sciences. Anthropological perspectives on the constitution of development categories not only provide a qualitative understanding of the social processes through which such classificatory systems come to have salience. In exposing how the social is constituted as a category of organization and analysis, anthropology sheds light on the delineations of the social in other social sciences and hence on the explanatory limits of what is represented as social analysis.

Keywords:   poverty assessment, anthropology, social construction, social analysis

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