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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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Conclusion: responding to the dark reality of absolute poverty in European welfare states

Conclusion: responding to the dark reality of absolute poverty in European welfare states

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(p.397) Conclusion: responding to the dark reality of absolute poverty in European welfare states
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Absolute Poverty in Europe
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Helmut P. Gaisbauer

Gottfried Schweiger

Clemens Sedmak

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0019

This chapter states that the hegemonic European relative poverty paradigm necessitates a complementary approach that sheds light on overlooked or neglected individuals and groups in absolute poverty in Europe. It concludes over the lessons learned by preparing ground for such a paradigmatic correlate with an approach that resists the temptation to propose a concise but again necessarily excluding conceptual framework but tries to open leeway for different scholarly debates, disciplinary perspectives and conceptual and practical approaches to why might be termed absolute poverty in Europe. This chapter closes with six perspectives on the way forward to an enhanced and more nuanced scholarly perspective on absolute poverty in an area that understands itself as an anti-thesis to destitution and absolute poverty.

Keywords:   relative poverty paradigm, absolute poverty, Europe

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