This paper draws from life history interviews to investigate poverty
dynamics in Bangladesh and considers life histories as a supplement to
more quantitative approaches in poverty research. Qualitative life
history methods allow the examination of the temporal and spatial
context of people's lives in a way that uncovers a number of social
phenomena concealed to other methods. These are discussed using life
histories to demonstrate the types of social phenomena that can be
uncovered. A number of categories of life trajectory are also identified
and the use of a categorical approach as a way of using longitudinal
qualitative findings to inform social policy is discussed. The lessons
learned have relevance for using life histories to examine poverty
dynamics more generally and also draw attention to the potential for
using life history approaches in medium-n studies which may help to
cross the qual/quant divide in poverty research.
Davis, P. (2006) Poverty in time: Exploring poverty dynamics from life history interviews in Bangladesh. Working Paper 69. Manchester: IDPM/Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), UK, ISBN: 1-904049-68-0, iii + 35 pp.