Policy Sciences

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 163–199

A poverty of distinction

From economic homogeneity to cultural heterogeneity in the classification of poor people

Authors

  • Michael Thompson
    • Institute for Management Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Warwick
    • Technology Policy UnitUniversity of Aston
  • Aaron Wildavsky
    • Political Science Department, Graduate School of Public Policy, and Survey Research CenterUniversity of California
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02113494

Cite this article as:
Thompson, M. & Wildavsky, A. Policy Sci (1986) 19: 163. doi:10.1007/BF02113494

Abstract

Homogenizing the poor, treating them as a shapeless blob, is not only dehumanizing but also makes them candidates for a single set of public policies. We propose to show, instead, using cultural theory, that there are different types of poor people, who follow different strategies in coping with or overcoming their condition.

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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1986