How the Poor Adapt to Poverty in Capitalism (Mellen Studies in Economics v. 10)

How the Poor Adapt to Poverty in Capitalism (Mellen Studies in Economics v. 10)

By: Stephen Gilliatt (author)Hardback

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This study traces the ways in which those most detrimentally affected by the operation of the capitalist market economy manage their circumstances. Borrowing, begging, stealing, repair, emigration, family budgeting, second-economy activity, solace and release are all explored. They are shown to have timeless and universal qualities underestimated by the political right, with their emphasis on the poor's intellectual weakness or cultural deviancy, and by the left in the hope or expectation of resistance.


Acknowledgements ix Preface xi Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Poverty, coping and social theory 5 Chapter 2 The capacities of the poor 17 The incapable poor and bad genes 24 The incapable poor and deviant culture 36 The capable poor 42 Chapter 3 Types of coping 55 The universality of coping 55 The augmentation of resources 65 The minimisation and cutting of expenditure 94 The management of stress 102 Chapter 4 Rationality and coping 115 Chapter 5 The consequences of coping 141 Chapter 6 Conclusion: resistance, coping and adaptation 167 Bibliography 191 Index 203

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  • ISBN13: 9780773473720
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780773473720
  • ISBN10: 0773473726

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