Eye-Opening Aerial Photos Explore the Division Between Wealth and Poverty in South Africa

By Mark Peacock,

This theoretical contribution to poverty studies investigates Amartya Sen’s work as a basis for examining poverty. Sen discusses two social capabilities, each essential to the avoidance of poverty; one is the ability to appear in public without feeling shame, the other the ability to participate in the life of the community. This essay analyzes the intricacies of using the concept of community as a reference group for judging a person’s poverty, and it compares Sen’s use of this reference group with that of Adam Smith and Peter Townsend. The essay develops a notion of the “affluent poor,” which is a logical category of the capability perspective which Sen has developed. Although the affluent poor might appear to be oxymoronic, those who embrace the capability perspective should acknowledge it as a necessary implication thereof.

Read rest here

Latest Tweets

  • Interested in URPE-related news: check out the URPE blog on https://t.co/g63OiTmLyN
    6 days ago
  • Submissions for URPE papers and panels at the 2020 EEA are now open! https://t.co/tU3EBsiOK1
    6 days ago
  • Today is the last day to vote in the URPE Steering Committee Election! Make your voice heard here: https://t.co/V7eCdYO8bm
    4 weeks ago