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Livelihoods at the Margins: Surviving the City

Livelihoods at the Margins: Surviving the City (Hardback)

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Sex workers, street hawkers, drug sellers, cleaners-they are people living on the margins of urban life who are ubiquitous but widely misunderstood and notably absent from mainstream economic analyses. In Livelihood on the Margins, anthropologists and practitioners engaged in hands-on development work use fine-grained ethnographic research to cut through the conventional narratives that romanticize, victimize, or demonize these populations. They go beyond the trendy "sustainable livelihoods" approach to development to examine the relationship between the agency people can actually wield over their own lives and the broader socio-political constraints that persistently push them to the margins. Making these multi-level connections across a wide range of world regions and situations, this volume shows how the micro-concerns of ordinary people might usefully guide the macro-concerns of governments, NGOs, and global institutions who are engineering large-scale social and economic development programs.

Livelihood at the Margins is an engaging and eye-opening read for undergraduate and graduate students studying development in anthropology, sociology, geography, economics, and other disciplines, as well as a useful tool for developments studies researchers and practitioners.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesDevelopment studies Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc Publication Date: 01/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9781598742725  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James Staples is a British Academy research fellow in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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