The Shame of It

Global Perspectives on Anti-poverty Policies

Edited by Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel

The Shame of It

Edited by Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447308706 Published January 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447308713 Published February 2014 For sale in North and South America only
We have long recognized that poverty carries a tremendous feeling of shame. However, few have let this overwhelming fact actually influence the making and implementation of anti-poverty policies. The Shame of It demonstrates that in order for anti-poverty policies to be truly effective, they must take into account the psychological trauma that poverty creates. Drawing on pioneering empirical  research from a diverse group of countries, including the United Kingdom, Uganda, Norway, Pakistan, India, South Korea, and China, the contributors outline core principles that can bring policy makers greater sensitivity to the power of shame and, thus, the foundations for more effective ways of combating poverty. 
Notes on contibutors 

1. Resetting the stage
Erika K. Gubrium

2. New urban poverty and new welfare provision: China’s Dibao system
Ming Yan

3. Thick poverty, thicker society and thin state: Policy spaces for human dignity in India
Sony Pellissery & Leemamol Mathew

4. Self-sufficiency, social assistance and the shaming of poverty in South Korea
Yongmie Nicola Jo & Robert Walker

5. ‘Not good enough’: Social assistance and shaming in Norway
Erika K. Gubrium & Ivar Lødemel

6. Pakistan: A journey of poverty-induced shame
Sohail Choudhry

7. Separating the sheep from the goats: Tackling poverty in Britain for over four centuries
Robert Walker & Elaine Chase

8. ‘Food That Cannot Be Eaten’: The shame of Uganda’s anti-poverty policies
Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo & Amon Mwiine

9. Shame and shaming in policy processes
Sony Pellissery, Ivar Lødemel & Erika K. Gubrium

10. Towards global principles for dignity-based anti-poverty policies
Erika K. Gubrium & Ivar Lødemel

Review Quotes
James Midgley, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"By examining anti-poverty policies and programmes from the perspective of poor people themselves, this book makes a novel and important contribution which will undoubtedly influence policy makers for years to come. Its study of the psychological dimensions of poverty in different countries also contributes to an emerging one-world perspective that will inform social policy scholarship everywhere. It deserves to be widely read."

Lutz Leisering, Bielefeld University, Germany

"This is a truly global study of a global problem, written by a team from across the globe and based on original fieldwork. The focus on shame and shaming in policy processes breaks new ground."

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