“Even if she learns, she doesn’t understand properly”. Children’s understandings of illbeing and poverty in five Ethiopian communities

Camfield, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0165-9857 (2010) “Even if she learns, she doesn’t understand properly”. Children’s understandings of illbeing and poverty in five Ethiopian communities. Social Indicators Research, 96 (1). pp. 85-112. ISSN 0303-8300

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Abstract

The paper argues on the basis of data from Young Lives, an international study of childhood poverty, and an extensive review of child-centered poverty studies that experiences of relative poverty and social exclusion are as common and corrosive in contemporary Ethiopia as North America and Europe. If taken seriously, this insight could broaden the focus of child poverty reduction from nutrition and education to include the psychosocial costs of lacking the culturally-specific resources required for full participation in society. The paper makes a number of methodological points of value to researchers undertaking similar studies: firstly, poverty can be explored by asking about illbeing; secondly, children’s conceptions of poverty are profoundly social and context-specific; and thirdly, young children are just as able to address these themes as older ones.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Impact Evaluation
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender and Development
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 10:52
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 23:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/18616
DOI: 10.1007/s11205-009-9468-z

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