Poverty and Entitlements

Amartya Sen

in Poverty and Famines

Published in print January 1983 | ISBN: 9780198284635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596902 | DOI:
 Poverty and Entitlements

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Introduces the basic approach used by the author to analyse the causes of starvation in general and famine in particular. The approach involves a study of entitlement systems, based on the author's thesis that starvation statements are about the relationship of persons to the commodity of food, rather than about the food supply per se. Starvation statements translate readily into statements about ownership of food, and ownership relations are one kind of entitlement relations.

Keywords: entitlement relations; entitlements; famine; food supply; ownership; poverty; starvation

Chapter.  2965 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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