Anthropology of Poverty


Anthropology of Poverty

Hi, I am from Nepal, and doing PhD at the University of Hyderabad. I am likely to develop my pre-fieldwork seminar on Ecology of Poverty and Rural Livelihood Systems. Hereby, I would like to invite you all for an open discussion.

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Is Culture of Poverty still alive?

Following the same path of Max Weber, Oscar Lewis conceptualized the Culture of Poverty, but came under the attack in his own time. It's said that this is a theory who blame the poor for their…Continue

Started by Ranjan Lekhy Dec 6, 2009.

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Comment by Ranjan Lekhy on January 7, 2010 at 1:47pm
Thanks for comment. One of the indicators of poverty is related with food consumption that is nutrition or calorie intake. It is often measured through BMI (Body Mass Index). For example, if any youth’s BMI is 18.5 or lower then it is supposed to be called underweight and if it is between 20-25, in that condition it is called overweight, and above that BMI it is called Obese. Underweighting and Obese both are supposed to be an indicator of poverty or ill-being. It is old indicator of poverty as income poverty, and still is a tool of the World Bank to measure of poverty despite its criticism.
Comment by Josué Villegas on January 6, 2010 at 4:44pm
I think that "culture of poverty" (as Lewis had defined long time ago), is missing many current issues. I remember that a research about "lacandones" (maya culture in south-east of Mexico) had many troubles to conceptualized this ethnic group as "poor". One of the arguments was that this community have no "healthy food". Some important questions arise: what is safety food? The kind of food is a measure of poverty? or what about access to "healthy food"?

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