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Poverty and Inequality


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Contents @toc4:Contributors iii Preface and Acknowledgments iii @toc2:Chapter One. Introduction: The Conceptual Foundations of Poverty and Inequality Measurement 1 @tocca:David B. Grusky and Ravi Kanbur @toc2:Chapter Two. Conceptualizing and Measuring Poverty 000 @tocca:Amartya Sen @toc2:Chapter Three. Poverty and Human Functioning: Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements 000 @tocca:Martha C. Nussbaum @toc2:Chapter Four. From Income to Endowments: The Difficult Task of Expanding the Income Poverty Paradigm 000 @toca:Franois Bourguignon @toc2:Chapter Five. Social Theory and the Concept "Underclass" 000 @tocca:William J. Wilson @toc2:Chapter Six. Race, Class, and Markets: Social Policy in the 21st Century 000 @tocca:Douglas S. Massey @toc2:Chapter Seven. Dependency and Social Debt 000 @tocca:Martha A. Fineman @toc4:Notes 000 References 000 Index 000

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David B. Grusky is Professor of Sociology and incoming Director of the Program on Inequality at Stanford University. His recent books include Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men (Stanford 2004) and Mobility and Inequality (Stanford 2005). Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.


"This slim volume offers ample food for thought to scholars with a serious interest in social or economic inequality. The star contributors - economists, sociologists, political scientists, and philosophers - present concepts, theories, and proposals that will stimulate those outside as well as within their home disciplines. While avoiding the circular reasoning characteristic of the 1960's 'culture of poverty,' these accessible essays enlarge the concept of poverty - and, I hope, of poverty research and policy - by elaborating the idea that social justice requires measurable equality of capabilities or opportunities, and not merely of economic resources." - Robert M. Hauser, University of Wisconsin - Madison "This impressive collection of essays brings together well-known economists, sociologists, and philosophers to discuss the pressing problems of inequality and poverty. Kanbur and Grusky recognize that these timely and difficult issues can only be dealt with by marshalling the intellectual power of our best minds, looking at poverty through the lens of multiple disciplines." - Joseph E. Stiglitz "...I highly recommend this book. It is essential reading for anyone studying occupational segregation, and valuable for scholars in a range of fields including gender studies, work, social inequality, and comparative-historical sociology."--Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

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