n Law, Democracy & Development - Working on the margins : poverty and economic marginality in South Africa : editorial : November 2010




This special edition of grows out of an eponymous policy seminar hosted by the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in Cape Town in early 2009 (www.plaas.org.za/newsevents/wom), supported by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and the UK Department for International Development. Reflecting several of the concerns and debates within the seminar, the special edition seeks to understand poverty, vulnerability and economic marginality within contemporary South Africa. Across a diversity of sectors the articles grapple with the two related tasks. They examine which concepts are useful for understanding economic marginality and ask (with varying degrees of explicitness): what are the appropriate policy responses to enduring poverty, vulnerability and marginality in South Africa?


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