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Materializing poverty : how the poor transform their lives

Author: Erin B Taylor
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2013]
Series: Anthropology of daily life series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poverty is generally defined as a lack of material resources. However, the relationships that poor people have with their possessions are not just about deprivation. Material things play a positive role in the lives of poor people: they help people to build social relationships, address inequalities, and fulfill emotional needs. In Materializing Poverty, anthropologist Erin Taylor explores how residents of a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erin B Taylor
ISBN: 9780759124219 0759124213
OCLC Number: 851254777
Description: xi, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the wealth of poverty --
More than artifacts: the materiality of poverty --
Building futures: squatting as an enabling constraint --
Too big to ignore: the state and the persistence of squatting --
"Crisis is coming": material manifestations of immaterial ends --
Moving places: barrios as barometers of national progress --
Flexible identities: negotiating values through material forms.
Series Title: Anthropology of daily life series.
Responsibility: Erin B. Taylor.

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"Poverty is generally defined as a lack of material resources. However, the relationships that poor people have with their possessions are not just about deprivation. Material things play a positive role in the lives of poor people: they help people to build social relationships, address inequalities, and fulfill emotional needs. In Materializing Poverty, anthropologist Erin Taylor explores how residents of a squatter settlement in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, use their material resources creatively to solve everyday problems and, over a few decades, radically transform the community. Their struggles show how these everyday engagements with materiality, rather than more dramatic efforts, generate social change and build futures."--Publisher's description.

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What is poverty? In answer, we need more than statistics, we need to understand what is experienced as poverty. Through scholarly and incredibly rich ethnography Taylor shows the consequence of Read more...

 
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