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Poverty as lack of autonomy : bridging the absolute/relative divide?

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OPHI research in progress 33a
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In this paper, we present a definition of poverty centred on the notion of autonomy, understood as self-rule, and articulated around the various rights and freedoms required for the existence and exercise of autonomy. This definition, we argue, can accommodate both the relative concept of deprivation proposed by Townsend and the absolute concept proposed by Sen, and thus help to provide a unified account of poverty that applies across low, middle and high income countries. This hypothesis ...

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Not peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Department:
SSD, Queen Elizabeth House, Department of International Development
Publisher:
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) Publisher's website
Publication date:
2012
URN:
uuid:0bd72141-7770-4ec6-88b9-e6c35af97751
Local pid:
ora:9523
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English
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