Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

EditorDavid Alexander Clark

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The first book to examine in detail the ways in which people adapt their understanding and behaviors towards poverty as a direct result to their experiences of poverty in developing countries, including world-leading academics and case studies from China, India, Ethiopia and South Africa.

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The first book to examine in detail the ways in which people adapt their understanding and behaviors towards poverty as a direct result to their experiences of poverty in developing countries, including world-leading academics and case studies from China, India, Ethiopia and South Africa.

DAVID A. CLARK Honorary Fellow and Research Associate at theBrooks World Poverty Institute of the University of Manchester, UK, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion of London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Previous publications include The Elgar Companion to Development Studies and Visions...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.1 × 5.62 × 0.84 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360564

ISBN - 13:9780230360563

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Adaptation and Development – Issues, Evidence and Policy RelevancePART I: ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTS AND ISSUESUtilitarianism, 'Adaptation' and Paternalism; M.QizilbashAdaptation: Implications for Development in Theory and PracticePART II: ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT: THREE CASE STUDIESAspirations, Adaptation and Subjective Well-Being of Rural-Urban Migrants in China; J.Knight & R.GunatilakaA Multidimensional Analysis of Adaptation in a Developing Country Context; A.BarrAdaptation, Poverty and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from South India; D.NeffPART III: ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT: SPECIFIC ISSUESSubjective Well-being, Disability and Adaptation: A Case Study from Rural Ethiopia; M.Fafchamps & B.KebedeAdaptation of the Rural Working Class in India: A Case Study of Migrant Workers; B.Reddy & W.Olsen

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'Economics is venturing into a new world previously inhabited by psychologists, the extent to which people adapt in various ways to changing circumstances. Better knowledge of adaptation is fundamental to advancing our understanding of human behavior and feelings of well-being. This volume is a welcome and valuable contribution to an important and much-neglected subject.' – Richard A. Easterlin, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California, USA'This book breaks new ground by bringing together theoretical and empirical perspectives on the problem of adaptation, using case studies in India, China and Africa. Clear, insightful and methodical, it will become essential reading for all those interested in the increasingly important question of how to interpret subjective measures of well-being, especially in a development context.' – Tania Burchardt, Deputy Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK