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Poverty and Shame: Global Experiences

Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo


This book draws on evidence to demonstrate how paying greater attention to the psychological and social consequences of poverty provides new insights into how poverty is perpetuated. It reveals how, irrespective of whether people live above or below a designated poverty line, in cultures as diverse as rural India, Uganda and Pakistan, urban/suburban UK, China, Norway, and South Korea, the ability to participate in society as a full and recognized citizen is largely contingent on having the material resources deemed normal for that society. When such means are not available, the common response ... More

Keywords: poverty, shame, poverty–shame nexus, psychological, social, seven countries, cultural conceptions, lived experiences, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Chase, editor
University of Oxford

Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, editor
Makerere University, Uganda

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1 Introduction

Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo

4 Film and Literature as Social Commentary in India

Leemamol Mathew and Sony Pellissery

6 Poverty and Shame

Elaine Chase, Robert Walker, and Sohail Anwar Choudhry

10 Tales of Inadequacy from Pakistan

Sohail Anwar Choudhry

11 ‘I Am Not Alone’

Sony Pellissery and Leemamol Mathew

13 The ‘Shame’ of Shame

Elaine Chase and Robert Walker

14 Social Isolation and Poverty in South Korea

Yongmie Nicola Jo and Robert Walker

16 Poverty the Invisible and Inseparable ‘Shadow’

Amon Ashaba Mwiine and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo

18 Persistence of Shaming in a Hierarchical Society

Sony Pellissery and Leemamol Mathew

20 Constructing Reality?

Elaine Chase and Robert Walker

22 Poverty and Shame

Elaine Chase and Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo

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