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Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries

Arne H. Eide, Mitch E. Loeb, Sekai Nhiwatiwa, Alister Munthali, Thabale J. Ngulube and Gert van Rooy

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/9781847428851.003.0004
Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries

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Living conditions and poverty are two common quantifiers or parameters of socioeconomic status, and both have evolved from rather narrow economic and material concepts to encompass broader and more complex understandings. While poverty research has focused on defining poverty and establishing poverty profiles, identifying poor populations and strategies for reducing poverty, studies on living conditions are based on more loosely bound sets of indicators that are applied to measure, for example, level of income, education, access to information, access to healthcare, and social participation in a population, and to establish differences between population sub-groups for descriptive, comparative, and monitoring purposes. This chapter utilises data collected on the living conditions among people with and without disabilities in the southern African region to assess the disability–poverty relationship.

Keywords: living conditions; poverty; socioeconomic status; disability–poverty relationship; social participation; southern African region

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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