Introduction Despite 50 years of development experience, fundamental questions remain unanswered. The world still lacks a comprehensive theoretical framework that adequately explains such phenomenon as the accelerating velocity of development exhibited by East Asian countries, the failure of Malthusian projections, the growing contribution of non-material resources not subject to depletion, the apparent failure of market policies in the transition of Eastern Europe, and conflicting predictions about the future of work based on the contrary recent experiences of North America and Western Europe. A profusion of economic theories provide explanations for specific expressions of development, but none unite the pieces into a unified theory that adequately defines the central principles, process and stages of development.
When I ask this question of my students, a common response is something like, "Being poor means not having a lot of money. Although we commonly fumble about for a more precise answer, many of us nevertheless feel we can certainly recognize poverty when we see it.
The historian James T. Patterson, for example, relates the following report from a social worker during the Great Depression: One woman wrote to a relief station as follows: That order is out and I haven't anything to eat.
We go to bed hungry. Please give us something to eat. I cannot stand to see my child hungry. As one moves away from this kind of obvious example, however, it becomes more difficult to distinguish just what people mean when they refer to "the poor," as opposed to lower-income people more generally.
In the General Social Survey fielded the following question about poverty they haven't asked it since: That level is called the 'poverty line. At what point does luxury become a necessity? More to the point, why did this question elicit such a wide variety of responses?
Although poverty is a concrete phenomenon for those who live it, what people judge to constitute poverty varies across both time and place. A working-class laborer in a developing country would likely be considered poor in Western Europe.
It should be noted that this comparison is not altogether easy to make, as there are some poor regions around the world where people get by on subsistence farming and where relatively little money is exchanged.
As far back asAdam Smith noted the importance of social perceptions in determining what constitutes economic hardship. In the Wealth of Nations he defined the lack of "necessaries" as the experience of being unable to consume "not only the commodities which are indispensably necessary for the support of life, but whatever the custom of the country renders it indecent for creditable people, even of the lowest order, to be without.
He maintained that poverty should be defined as the lack of sufficient income for people to "play the roles, participate in the relationships, and follow the customary behavior which is expected of them by virtue of their membership of society.
This chapter begins by tracing views of poverty in America before I place these views in their economic, social, and political context, noting how these forces subsequently affected twentieth-century efforts to measure and understand poverty. I end by describing the emergence of the current official poverty measure in the s.
Views of Poverty before Views of poverty reflect social conditions. A common assumption during the U. The poor were often categorized as either "deserving" or "undeserving" of public support.
Voluntary idleness was regarded as a vice, and in early colonial times unemployed men were often either bound out as indentured servants, whipped and forced out of town, or put in jail.
Inthe Virginia assembly ordered that idle able-bodied persons should be bound over to compulsory labor. Likewise, in the General Court of Massachusetts decreed harsh punishment for those who spent their time "idly or unprofitably. Communities therefore often accepted responsibility for the well-being of the elderly in need.
By the early nineteenth century, many craftsmen and farmers displaced by the mechanization of agriculture and the mass production of goods struggled to earn a living, as did unskilled laborers.
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