The objective of this paper is to review the economic, political and
social processes influencing the nature, extent and depth of poverty in
urban areas of the South. The task is primarily descriptive, seeking to
summarise what is already known about these processes and to demarcate
significant components of chronic urban poverty in the South. Due to the
relative newness of the field, it seeks to draw on a wide range of
literature in order to understand the issues. The discussion is
tentative about the scope and depth of the findings.
The strategy is to draw together insights from a wide range of
disciplines, and city and neighbourhood studies. Inevitably some
experiences will be left out - the discussion seeks to represent either
experiences that are most commonplace or those whose exceptionality
informs the reader and develops our understanding. At the same time as
providing an overview, the discussion argues that poverty can arise
within, and be aggravated, both by the physical nature of the home and
neighbourhood and by individuals' (and households') position in the
labour and commodity markets.
The Economic and Social Processes Influencing the Level and Nature of Chronic Poverty in Urban Areas, CPRC Working Paper No. 29, Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, ISBN 1-904049-28-1, 53 pp.
The Economic and Social Processes Influencing the Level and Nature of Chronic Poverty in Urban Areas, CPRC Working Paper No. 29