Anti-Poverty Psychology

  • Stuart C.¬†Carr

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stuart C. Carr
      Pages 3-14
    3. Stuart C. Carr
      Pages 15-35
    4. Stuart C. Carr
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  3. Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Stuart C. Carr
      Pages 67-86
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  4. Nexus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Aid
      Stuart C. Carr
      Pages 133-160
    3. Stuart C. Carr
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    4. Stuart C. Carr
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-218

About this book


Reducing poverty, whether globally or locally, has always comprised a set of complex critical tasks. But just as essential as the tasks is their underlying worldview: where formerly the emphasis was on changing institutions and thus changing people, the movement now is away from paternalistic remedies and toward culturally aware organizations and efforts to develop the untapped resources of people and their communities.

Anti-Poverty Psychology traces the evolution of conceptualizations of poverty and its solutions, forcefully arguing for a higher level of current and future efforts. This visionary volume provides readers with a clear roadmap from goals (e.g., the Millennium Development Goals) to implementation that neither shames nor objectifies those being served. The author demonstrates how, in both research and the real world, progress is best achieved through systematic, cross-disciplinary, multi-perspective collaboration, alignment with local values, and greater accountability on the part of all involved. Coverage balances macro, meso and micro levels of analysis in such areas as: 

  • Constructs of personality: beyond mythmaking and pathologizing.
  • Building the socially responsible organization.
  • The role of community in self-empowerment.
  • Harnessing the potential of markets in poverty reduction.
  • Minting media social capital
  • The hidden psychology of international aid.
  • Mobilizing human talent locally
  • Developing research advocacy and its component skills.

The perspective-widening stance and depth of insight found in Anti-Poverty Psychology gives it significance to audiences across disciplines, as in psychologists researching global development issues, academics interested in learning what motivates educators, community psychologists, and health professionals.


Capacity development Corporate governance Global Community Psychology International aid Lower-income needs Organizational Justice Poverty reduction Sustainable development

Authors and affiliations

  • Stuart C.¬†Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Science, School of PsychologyMassey UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6302-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6303-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
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