eBook Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Mehemet Odekon [Skidmore College]
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412939607
  • ISBN-13: 9781412939607
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1412 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released August 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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Poverty is more than just lack of income, it is deprivation from basic capabilities, rights, and freedoms that provide individuals the necessary choices and opportunities they need to lead a life they value. Originally published in print format in 2006, the Encyclopedia of World Poverty provides extensive and current information, as well as insight into the contemporary debate on poverty. The three volumes of this state-of-the-art encyclopedia contain over 800 original articles written by over 125 renowned scholars. The entries contributing to this work explore poverty in various regions of the world, and examine the difficulties associated with the definition and measurement of poverty, along with its causes and effects.

Key features include:

  • Examines the geographic, political, social, cultural, and other economic characteristics of 191 countries and provides current vital statistics on poverty such as the mortality, disease, literacy and illiteracy rate for each country
  • Addresses the various definitions and measurement techniques of poverty and includes each country's ranking according to the Human Development Index and the Human Poverty Index, whenever available
  • Looks at potential causes of poverty, ranging from discrimination to climate factors such as draught and famine, as well as the potential effects of poverty including vulnerability, insecurity, powerlessness, social exclusion and disqualification, and stigmatization
  • Acknowledges the importance of various associations combating poverty such as Civil Society Organizations, Secular Charities, Religious Charities, and Non-Governmental Organizations



  • Mehemet Odekon [Skidmore College]