Understanding Urban Poverty in the Global South

ISBN-10: 0415624673

ISBN-13: 9780415624671

Edition: 2013

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Description: Understanding Urban Poverty in the Global Southpresents the evidence as to why the scale and depth of urban poverty is considerably under-estimated within most low-income nations, many middle-income nations and globally.  It describes how urban poverty is mis-represented by the ways in which governments and international agencies define and measure poverty.  The book also highlights how many official figures on urban poverty – for instance those based on the commonly used US$1 per person per day – present a very misleading picture of urban poverty’s scale and how this is changing.  This book considers many different aspects of poverty – for instance in relation to inadequate food intake, living costs, incomes and assets, working conditions, housing and health and inadequacies in local governance (voice, rule of law and social protection).  It reviews the scale and nature of inequalities in these, within urban populations within nations and within cities.  It also considers the extent to which economic growth does reduce poverty, including the paradox of cities with successful economies where there is little or no evidence of poverty decreasing.   This book fills the gap for a much needed systematic overview of the historical and contemporary state of urban poverty. This comprehensive and detailed textbook is a unique resource for students and lecturers in development studies, urban development, development geography, social policy, urban planning and design, and poverty reduction.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Acknowledgements
Why this book?
Introduction
The transition to an increasingly urbanized world
How we came to be engaged in this issue
Some notes on terminologies used
Measuring poverty
Introduction
Understating urban poverty
The unrealistic criteria used to set poverty lines
Costs for non-food essentials
Other limitations of poverty lines
A framework for considering the multiple deprivations
Why is health so poor among low-income urban dwellers?
Introduction
The determinants of health for urban populations
Factors leading to poor health
Urban poverty and mortality
Urban poverty and nutrition
Urban poverty and morbidity
Urban poverty and environment
Urban poverty and disasters
Urban poverty and climate change
Incomes and livelihoods
Introduction
Understanding the informal economy
Securing income
Labour and livelihoods
Gender and generation
Economies
Conclusion
Critical issues in urban inequality
Introduction
Why inequality matters
Approaches and frameworks
The experience of income inequalities
'Urban 'inequality: The nexus between income, access to infrastructure and services and residential areas
Political inequalities
Conclusion
Broadening the understanding and measurement of urban poverty
Introduction
Understanding the multiple deprivations associated with urban poverty
Implications for incorporating the many dimensions of deprivation into poverty assessments and measurements
Implications for reducing poverty
The opportunities for enhancing income, consumption and services
Implications for the measurement of urban poverty
Urban poverty and health
Comparing urban and rural poverty?
Addressing inequality
What is needed in a post-MDG world
Notes
References
Index
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