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Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights

Diana Tietjens Meyers


This book analyzes how human agency—the capacity for free choice and action—relates to poverty and human rights, respectively, as well as how agency links poverty to human rights. It is divided into four parts. Part 1 considers the diverse meanings of poverty from the standpoint of the poor and the relatively well-off. Part 2 examines morally appropriate responses to poverty on the part of persons and institutions that are better off. Part 3 identifies economic development strategies that secure the agency of the beneficiaries. Part 4 addresses the constraints poverty imposes on agency in the ... More

Keywords: poverty, social and economic human rights, global justice, economic development, empowerment, agency, migration, gender, trafficking in persons, biomedical research

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199975877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199975877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Tietjens Meyers, author
Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut

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Diana Tietjens Meyers

Part one Thinking Through the Meanings of Poverty

1 Surviving Poverty

Claudia Card

Part two Ethical Responses to Poverty

6 Trafficking in Human Beings

Leslie P. Francis and John G. Francis

7 “Are My Hands Clean?”

Alison M. Jaggar

Part three Promoting Development and Ensuring Agency

Part four Transnational Transactions and Human Rights

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