Poverty as lack of capabilities: an analysis of the definition of poverty of Amartya Sen

@inproceedings{Santos2017PovertyAL,
  title={Poverty as lack of capabilities: an analysis of the definition of poverty of Amartya Sen},
  author={Tiago Mendonça dos Santos},
  year={2017}
}
This article aims to analyze Amartya Sen’s definition of poverty. To achieve this goal initially we will present the traditional definitions of poverty: a) in absolute terms (focus on the subsistence concept); b) or in relative terms (focus on the deprivation concept). Next, the article addresses the Sen x Townsend debate, that happened in the first half of the 1980 decade. Then, we will discuss the Senian perspective of poverty in terms of the lack of capabilities. We present three reasons why… CONTINUE READING

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