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The shame of it: Global perspectives on anti-poverty policies

Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel


The shame experienced by people living in poverty has long been recognised. Nobel laureate and economist, Amartya Sen, has described shame as the "irreducible core" of poverty. However, little attention has been paid to the implications of this connection in the making and implementation of anti-poverty policies. This important volume rectifies this critical omission and demonstrates the need to take account of the psychological consequences of poverty for policy to be effective. Drawing on pioneering empirical research in countries as diverse as Britain, Uganda, Norway, Pakistan, India, Sout ... More

Keywords: social policy, poverty, social psychology, shame, global South, global North

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447308713
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erika K. Gubrium, editor

Sony Pellissery, editor

Ivar Lødemel, editor