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Explaining Global Poverty : A Critical Realist Approach - Branwen Gruffydd Jones

Explaining Global Poverty

A Critical Realist Approach

Hardcover Published: 18th May 2006
ISBN: 9780415392129
Number Of Pages: 234

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The twenty-first century is characterized by extremes of poverty and wealth, of scarcity and abundance. The vast inequalties of wealth distribution between the developed west and the impoverished developing world is a complex problem. This book recognises that Africa in particular has manifested this global disgrace and symbolizes the nature of poverty to the western world.

In order to truly emancipate the poverty stricken around the world we must necessarily understand the reasons for its existence. In a departure from traditional critical realist theory, Gruffydd-Jones argues the benefits of reassessing the relevance of objective inquiry and emphasizes its primacy over normative theory in the battle to truly understand the reasons for the African crisis. This approach brings us a book of real relevance for inequality in the modern world and gives us an important platform from which to move forwards in the fight against poverty.

List of tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: why is Africa poor?p. 1
Poverty, need and objectivity in social inquiryp. 11
Poverty and development in Africa: twentieth-century orthodoxiesp. 13
Critical perspectives: from global structure to local agencyp. 31
Objectivity, need and the dialectics of emancipationp. 48
Marxism, imperialism and Africap. 65
Explaining poverty: the massive presence of the past and the outsidep. 89
The presence of the past: slavery, colonialism and primitive accumulationp. 91
The presence of the outside: revolution, counter-revolution and the production of absencep. 121
Neo-colonialism and the reproduction of poverty: contemporary dialectics of accumulation and dispossessionp. 149
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 198
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780415392129
ISBN-10: 0415392128
Series: Routledge Studies in Critical Realism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 18th May 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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