Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being

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D. Clark
Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 5, 2012 - Political Science - 229 pages
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In contrast to previous attempts to examine adaptation to climate change in developing countries, the authors focus on how individuals and broader social groups adjust their aspirations, mental states, social values and behaviour as well as practices in response to changes in their personal and social circumstances. Employing a unique blend of cross-disciplinary work from economics, psychology, sociology and philosophy, this innovative book draws on quantitative and qualitative techniques. The three sections deal with conceptual issues, empirical studies and specific topics (gender, disability, migration) relating to adaptation in developing countries. It includes detailed case studies of adaptation in China, Ethiopia, India and South Africa and underlines the case for listening to the poor by suggesting that people who become worse off are less likely to lower their aspirations 'or restrict their values' than is commonly thought by some philosophers and social scientists.
 

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Contents

1 Adaptation and Development Issues Evidence and Policy Relevance
1
Concepts and Issues
33
Three Case Studies
89
Specific Issues
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ABIGAIL BARR Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, UK MARCEL FAFCHAMPS Professor of Development Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK RAMANI GUNATILAKA Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia BEREKET KEBEDE Senior Lecturer in Economics, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK JOHN KNIGHT Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, UK DANIEL NEFF Research Fellow, Institute of Asian Studies (IAS), German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany WENDY OLSEN Senior Lecturer in Socio-Economic Research, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), and Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK MOZAFFAR QIZILBASH Professor of Politics, Economics and Philosophy in the Department of Economics and Related Studies and Director of the School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York, UK BHIM REDDY Ph.D student, Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India