Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation

Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation


By (author) Amartya K. Sen

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 224mm x 20mm | 314g
  • Publication date: 20 January 1983
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198284632
  • ISBN 13: 9780198284635
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: text-figures, tables
  • Sales rank: 374,912

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This book focuses on the causes of starvation in general and famines in particular. The traditional analysis of famines is shown to be fundamentally defective, and the author develops an alternative analysis.

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"[The] best book on famine available--important theoretical perspective, good case-study material."--Barbara D. Miller, Cornell University"Embodies the best tradition of social science....Empirical and rational, yet neither virtue is pushed to the point where human beings are forgotten."--The Economist"A truly seminal book....[Has] helped to shift the attention of policy-makers and international organizations away from excessive concentration on food production to broader issues of 'food security.'"--International Affairs

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The main focus of this book is on the causation of starvation in general and of famines in particular. The author develops the alternative method of analysis--the 'entitlement approach'--concentrating on ownership and exchange, not on food supply. The book also provides a general analysis of the characterization and measurement of poverty. Various approaches used in economics, sociology, and political theory are critically examined. The predominance of distributional issues, including distribution between different occupation groups, links up the problem of conceptualizing poverty with that of analyzing starvation.