Poverty: Causes, Responses and Consequences in Rural South Africa

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Elizabeth Francis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of International Development

Date Written: April 1, 2006

Abstract

This paper examines recent contributions to the analysis of poverty, particularly those emphasising the constraints on the poor posed by social relations and institutions that systematically benefit the powerful. It proposes an analytic framework for study of the causes of poverty, responses to poverty and the consequences of those responses. This framework is then applied to a case study from rural South Africa. The case study underlines the importance of understanding the processes linking poverty at the local level with the regional and national political economy. It also suggests that responses to poverty in this case may be unsustainable.

Keywords: agriculture, policy, adverse incorporation, remote rural areas, livelihoods, insecurity

Suggested Citation

Francis, Elizabeth, Poverty: Causes, Responses and Consequences in Rural South Africa (April 1, 2006). Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper No. 60. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1753637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1753637

Elizabeth Francis (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of International Development ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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