An International Glossary

Edited by Paul Spicker, Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón, and David Gordon


Aiming to help overcome difficulties arising from the lack of an agreed vocabulary, this reference work is useful for researchers, students and policy makers working in a variety of disciplines.
This second edition of this highly-successful glossary provides an exhaustive and authoritative guide to over 200 technical terms used in contemporary scholarly research on poverty. It seeks to make researchers, students and policy makers aware of the multi-dimensional and complex nature of this social condition. This revised edition includes a range of new entries to keep pace with an expanding field of discourse, an extended set of references, and further perspectives from developing countries. A particular effort has been made to incorporate non-Western approaches and concepts.

Author Bio

Paul Spicker holds the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and is Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Management.

Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón is Associate Professor of Urban Anthropology in the Faculty of Humanities, National University of Salta, Argentina.

David Gordon is Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

  • Introducing the glossary - Else Øyen
  • Poverty: An International Glossary
  • Definitions of poverty: twelve clusters of meaning - Paul Spicker
  • Contributors
  • Index


'An indispensable guide ... Spicker's final chapter is a masterly review of the subject.'
David Donnison, University of Glasgow

'Surprisingly compact, this succinct lexicon explains over 200 technical terms that the student or practitioner of international development should aim to be able to quote verbatim. Overall, the Glossary contains concise and enlightening explanations, like "Fourth World", referring to chronically deprived communities in developed countries, and definitions of poverty in Islam and the Arab world. This second edition also invites Latin American scholars to the editorial board, both to highlight the variance in poverty definitions around the world, and to challenge, as the foreword acknowledges, the first edition's exclusively Western paradigm...the Glossary illustrates the scope of poverty analysis and, with its thorough referencing, both directs and impels the reader to further study.'
New Agriculturalist


Publication Date: 8 January 2007
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842778234
eBook ePub: 9781848137547
eBook PDF: 9781848131095
eBook Kindle: 9781780328539
Library Edition: 9781842778227

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