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Sociology for Caribbean Students

NASSER MUSTAPHA

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Ian Randle Publisher R nLntou • ,Minrni

First published in Jamaica, 2009 by an Randle Publishers
II Cunningham Avenue tons 686

Kingston 6 w W v.. unrandlcpublishers.con 9 2009, Nasser Musrapha Revised in 2009 National Library afJamaica Cataloguing- in-Publication Data M ustapha, Nasser Sociology for Caribbean Students

P ISBN 9 78-976637-355-9 (phk) To my w fe Nazisha and my children Nasha and Adiy for their understanding and support during this exercise

I. Social sciences - Textbooks 2. Sociology - Textbooks I. Tide 301 dc22

All rights reserved. No pan of,his publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission of the author or publisher.

Cover design and book design by Ian poodle Publishers Printed in the United States of America

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At the end of this chapter, students should be able to: 1. explain the problems involved in defining and measuring poverty; 2. examine the different theoretical perspectives on poverty; 3. discuss the vulnerability of various categories of the poor in Caribbean societies; and 4. assess the contribution of Sociology to the analysis of poverty.

CONTENT
(i) Problems in defining poverty: (a) absolute or subsistence poverty; relative poverty; subjective poverty. (ii) Problems of measuring poverty: the use of the Poverty Line Model.

(iii) Theoretical perspectives on the causes and persistence of poverty: (a) `culture of poverty'; (h) Marxist perspectives; (c) conservative approach.

(iv) Categories of poor: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) people with special needs; the elderly, women, children and youth; the unemployed; single-parent families; indigenous people.

(v) Contribution of sociology to the analysis of poverty: (a) Social aspects; (b) Poverty alleviation policies (`needs'- and 'rights'-based perspectives); (c) Poverty...
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