The impact of poverty and inequality on the dignity of lone mothers in South Africa.

Abstract

This is the second working paper from the DFID/ESRC project on 'Lone Mothers in South Africa - The role of social security in respecting and protecting dignity'. Drawing on material from focus groups with lone mothers in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape in South Africa, Part 1 comprises an analysis of portrayals of dignity in relation to worthiness, self-respect, self-esteem and autonomy. Part 2 presents material on the impact of poverty and inequality on dignity, in relation to techniques to survive poverty, family relationships, standing within the community, and the personal toll.

Citation

Wright, G.; Noble, M.; Ntshongwana, P. The impact of poverty and inequality on the dignity of lone mothers in South Africa. (2014) 51 pp.

The impact of poverty and inequality on the dignity of lone mothers in South Africa.

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