The Social Strands of PovertyNumbers are important, they should not divert our attention from the framework within which they are produced. That is why I will discuss in this paper: four different forms of differences (ranging from differentiation to exclusion, of which poverty is one form) and six perspectives on poverty ( their relevance for understanding what poverty is and the logic of policies and actions). The necessity of a structural approach will be discussed and the danger contained in the present shift to ‘blaming the victim’. Recent developments will be used to support the arguments.
Em. Prof.dr. Jan Vranken
University of Antwerp
OASeS – Centre Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion & the City