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The Shame of Poverty

Robert Walker


The volume explores Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s contention that shame lies at the absolutist core of poverty. Blending insights from many disciplines with original research in societies as diverse as Norway and Uganda, Britain and India, China, South Korea and Pakistan, it reveals that the negative consequences of poverty extend beyond material hardship. People in poverty typically feel deeply ashamed at being unable to fulfil their personal aspirations or to live up to societal expectations due to their lack of resources. Such shame not only hurts, adding to the negative experience of povert ... More

Keywords: global poverty, shame, stigma, dignity, human rights, Amartya Sen, media, public debate, political debate, policy effectiveness, Britain, China, India, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, Uganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Walker, author
Professor of Social Policy and Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford