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Introduction Disability and poverty: a global challenge

Benedicte Ingstad and Arne H. Eide

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0001
Introduction Disability and poverty: a global challenge

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This book is about being disabled and being poor and the social, cultural, and political processes that link these two aspects of living in what has been characterised as a ‘vicious circle’. It is also about the strengths that people show when living with disability and being poor: how they try to overcome their problems and make the best out of what little they have. The book aims to provide cross-cultural perspectives on the situation of living with a disability and being poor. This chapter discusses disability and poverty; poverty dimensions such as absolute poverty and relative poverty; the disability concept; the vicious circle of disability and poverty; overcoming poverty for people with disability with opportunity, empowerment, and security; and research on poverty and disability.

Keywords: disability; poverty; empowerment; poverty dimensions; absolute poverty; relative poverty

Chapter.  5743 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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