n HTS : Theological Studies - Defining poverty as distinctively human
|Article Title||Defining poverty as distinctively human|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Author||H. P. P Lotter|
|Publication Date||Sep 2007|
|Pages||1195 - 1212|
While it is relatively easy for most people to identify human beings suffering from poverty, it is rather more difficult to come to a proper understanding of poverty. In this article the author wants to deepen our understanding of poverty by interpreting the conventional definitions of poverty in a new light. The article starts with a defence of a claim that poverty is a concept uniquely applicable to humans. It then present a critical discussion of the distinction between absolute and relative poverty and it is then argued that a revision of this distinction can provide general standards applicable to humans everywhere.
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