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Inequality and Poverty

A Short Critical Introduction

Authors: Subramanian, S.

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  • Is introductory in scope, without being elementary or simplistic 
  • Highlights the conceptual underpinnings of the subject, with specific reference to background philosophy, logic, facts and values
  • Addresses contemporary issues of political and economic salience, such as individual vs group inequality, compensatory discrimination, the poverty line, and the moral implications of inequality and poverty
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This book provides an entry into the subjects of disparity and deprivation, by attending to issues that have a bearing on certain salient  philosophical and conceptual aspects of these subjects. The student doing a graduate course in the measurement of inequality and poverty is all too often plunged directly into the complexities of Schur-convex functions, dominance conditions, partial orders and the axiomatics of characterization theorems. Inequality and poverty as phenomena with profound social and moral implications for the world we live in tend to get submerged in a treatment of the subject that is more suggestive of applied mathematics than of the material conditions of life. This is in no way to deny that measurement must deal uncompromisingly with measurement, and therefore with the protocols of formal logic and technical rigour. Having said this, it seems fair to suggest that one’s appreciation of the formalities – as well as of the limitations and ambiguities - of measurement is only aided by a relatively gentle introduction to the subject. This would call for a prior, or accompanying, engagement with the underlying concepts, the philosophical bases, the political salience, the normative values, and the critical facts of the subjects under investigation. It is this necessary background that is emphasized in this book, which is a collection of articles published earlier in the popular press, and intended for consumption by any curious general reader or student with a taste for critical enquiry. The contents of the book will be useful as much for the aspiring scholar as for the interested lay reader looking for a gateway into the subject.

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S. Subramanian was a Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. An economist with research interests in poverty, inequality, demography, welfare economics, collective choice theory and development economics, he has published widely in professional journals, and is the author of (among other books) The Poverty Line (OUP, Delhi, 2012). He is an elected Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, and was a member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty.


Table of contents (23 chapters)

Table of contents (23 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inequality and Poverty
Book Subtitle
A Short Critical Introduction
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Economics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8185-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8185-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-8184-3
Series ISSN
2191-5504
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 96
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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