Poverty and Shame: Global Experiences

Hardcover | December 12, 2014

EditorElaine Chase, Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo

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Poverty and Shame: Global Experiences explores Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's contention that shame lies at the absolutist core of poverty. It draws on a wealth of empirical evidence to demonstrate how paying greater attention to the psychological and social consequences of poverty provides newinsights into how poverty is perpetuated. Based on research in seven very different global contexts, it reveals how, irrespective of whether people live above or below a designated poverty line, in cultures as diverse as rural India, Uganda and Pakistan, urban/suburban UK, China, Norway and SouthKorea, the ability to participate in society as a full and recognised citizen is largely contingent on having the material resources deemed normal for that society. When such means are not available, the common response is to feel inadequate and to save face by withdrawing to varying degrees fromsociety. Such a response further limits opportunities to exit poverty and arguably results in perpetuating its cycle. Yet society in turn plays a fundamental role in what we term the poverty-shame nexus, by persistently evaluating others against dominant norms and expectations and prioritisingcertain explanations of poverty over others. Hence shame in relation to poverty is co-constructed, a dynamic interaction of internally felt inadequacies and externally inflicted judgements. This book, together with the companion volume The Shame of Poverty by Robert Walker invites readers to question conventional understandings about poverty and its impact. In so doing, the volumes provide a foundation for a more satisfactory global conversation about the phenomenon of poverty thanthat which has hitherto been frustrated by disagreement about whether poverty is best conceptualised in absolute or relative terms.

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Poverty and Shame: Global Experiences explores Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's contention that shame lies at the absolutist core of poverty. It draws on a wealth of empirical evidence to demonstrate how paying greater attention to the psychological and social consequences of poverty provides newinsights into how poverty is perpetuated. Ba...

Elaine Chase is a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Her research interests include the sociological dimensions of poverty, migration, social exclusion, rights and wellbeing. She has conducted research and written widely on these themes from a UK and international persp...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo: IntroductionSection 1: Cultural conceptions of poverty and shame: PrefaceElaine Chase: 2. Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo: Oral Tradition and Literary Portrayals of Poverty; the Evolution of Poverty Shame in Uganda3. Sohail Anwar Choudhry: The Wealth of Poverty-induced Shame in Urdu Literature4. Leemamol Mathew and Sony Pellissery: Film and literature as social commentary in India5. Ming Yan: Poverty and shame in Chinese literature6. Elaine Chase, Robert Walker and Sohail Anwar Choudhry: Poverty and shame: seeking cultural cues within British literature and film7. Yongmie Nicola Jo: Disclosing the poverty-shame nexus within popular films in South Korea ( 1975-2010)8. Erika Gubrium: 'Then' and 'now': Literary representatio nof shame, poverty and social exclusion in NorwaySection 2: Experiences of poverty and shame in seven countries: PrefaceElaine Chase: 9. Grace Bantebya- Kyomuhendo: 'Needy and vulnerable, but poverty is not my identity': Experiences of people in poverty in Uganda10. Sohail Anwar Choudhry: Tales of inadequacey from Pakistan11. Sony Pellissery and Leemamol Mathew: 'I am not alone' : Experience sof poverty induced shame in a moral economy12. Ming Yan: Experiences of poverty and shame in urban China13. Elaine Chase and Robert Walker: The 'shame' of shame: experiences of people living in poverty in Britain14. Yongmie Nicola Jo and Robert Walker: Social isolation and poverty in South Korea: A manifestation of the poverty-shame nexus15. Erika Gubrium and Ivar Lodemel: Relative poverty in a rich, egalitarian welfare state: Experiences from NorwaySection 3: The role of media and society in the construction of poverty-related shame : PrefaceElaine Chase: 16. Amon Ashaba Mwiine and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo: Poverty the invisible and inseparable 'shadow': Reflections from the media and the better off in rural Uganda17. Sohail Anwar Choudhry: How best to shame those in poverty: Perspectives from Pakistan18. Sony Pellissery and Leemamol Mathew: Persistence of shaming in hierarchical society: The case of India19. Ming Yan: Society and shaming: General public and media perceptions of poverty in urban China20. Elaine Chase and Robert Walker: Constructing reality?: The 'discursive truth' of poverty in Britain and how it frames the experience of shame21. Erika Gubrium: 'No one should be poor': Social Shaming in Norway22. Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya -Kyomuhendo: Poverty and shame: the future