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Author Davie, Grace, 1974- author.

Title Poverty knowledge in South Africa : a social history of human science, 1855-2005 / Grace Davie, Queens College, City University of New York
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (x, 334 pages)
Contents Introduction: the poverty question in South Africa -- Before poverty measurement : conjuring worlds without want -- The human sciences in interwar South africa : William Macmillan, I.D. MacCrone, and the Carnegie Commission -- The minimum standards moment : Edward Batson and the poverty datum line (PDL) -- Rethinking governmentality : urban planning, rural betterment, and the apartheid state -- Agitation through quantification : white student activists in the era of black consciousness -- From people's power to corporate power : poverty research and the transition to democracy -- Baselines and battle lines: social surveying after apartheid
Summary Poverty is South Africa's greatest challenge. But what is 'poverty'? And how can it be measured and addressed? In South Africa, human-science knowledge about the cost of living grew out of colonialism, industrialization, apartheid, and civil resistance campaigns, which makes this knowledge far from neutral or apolitical. South Africans have used the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) and other poverty indicators to petition the state, to chip away at the pillars of white supremacy and, more recently, to criticize the post-apartheid government's failures to deliver on its promises. Rather than advocating
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO; viewed on February 4, 2015)
Subject Income maintenance programs -- South Africa
Poverty -- Government policy -- South Africa
Poverty -- South Africa -- Measurement
Poverty -- South Africa.
Income maintenance programs.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
Poverty -- Government policy.
Poverty -- Measurement.
South Africa.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1316190358