Social Protection, Chronic Poverty and Disability: Applying an Intersectionality Perspective

  • Marguerite SchneiderEmail author
  • Zitha Mokomane
  • Lauren Graham
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


This chapter uses key features of intersectionality to review the relationship between disability, poverty and social protection and how this translates into realities lived by people with disabilities. The essential thesis is that being disabled, poor or requiring social protection—in one form or another—are all ways of creating identities in their own right. When brought together in one’s life, these identities intersect and create a series of outcomes that are more than the sum of the individual components. The chapter begins by setting out important features of social protection as a strategy for managing risk and promoting development, followed by an analysis of the interaction of such a strategy with poverty and disability. We present a number of examples to illustrate our arguments.


Social protection Poverty Economic risk Economic exclusion Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marguerite Schneider
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zitha Mokomane
    • 2
  • Lauren Graham
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Mental HealthUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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