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Poverty DynamicsInterdisciplinary Perspectives$
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Tony Addison, David Hulme, and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.001.0001

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Poverty in Time

Poverty in Time

Exploring Poverty Dynamics from Life History Interviews in Bangladesh*

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Poverty Dynamics

Peter Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the usefulness of a life history method for analysing poverty dynamics in developing country contexts, using findings from a study in the Kushtia district in Bangladesh. Among the advantages of using life history methodology in studies of poverty dynamics include a much longer and more detailed interview which can take place without boring the respondent, mainly because of the fascination we all have with life histories when they are discussed and depicted. A life history approach also allows for a different type of analysis to occur. Lifecycle patterns can be identified, patterns of complex causation emerge, and individual episodes of crisis, coping, and opportunity can be seen within the interrelated and wider context of national, community, and family trajectories.

Keywords:   poverty assessment, poverty measurement, developing countries, life history approach, Bangladesh

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