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Poverty and famines : an essay on entitlement and deprivation

Author: Amartya Kumar Sen
Publisher: New Delhi : Manzar Khan, Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford India paperbacksView all editions and formats
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This study was undertaken for the World Employment Programme launched by the International Labour Organisation in 1969. It is concerned with the causation of starvation in general and of famines in particular. The mehod of analysis adopted is the ‘entitlement approach’, which concentrates on ownership and exchange. After introducing the ‘entitlement approach’ to starvation analysis, the author examines problems of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amartya Kumar Sen
ISBN: 0195649540 9780195649543
OCLC Number: 40880123
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Poverty and entitlements --
Concepts of poverty --
Poverty: identification and aggregation --
Starvation and famines --
The entitlement approach --
The great Bengal famine --
Ethiopian famines --
Drought and famine in the Sahel --
Famine in Bangladesh --
Entitlements and deprivation — Appendices: exchange entitlement --
Appendices: illustrative models of exchange entitlement --
Appendices: measurement of poverty --
Appendices: famine mortality: a case study.
Responsibility: Amartya Sen.

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This study was undertaken for the World Employment Programme launched by the International Labour Organisation in 1969. It is concerned with the causation of starvation in general and of famines in particular. The mehod of analysis adopted is the ‘entitlement approach’, which concentrates on ownership and exchange. After introducing the ‘entitlement approach’ to starvation analysis, the author examines problems of conceptualizing and measuring poverty, and discusses the specific problem of starvation in general terms. He then analyses the ‘entitlement approach’ in detail and applies it to four case studies of famines from different parts of the world. In the final chapter he looks at general issues of deprivation relatedto entitlement systems.

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