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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Poverty and Capitalism

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AUTHOR Barbara Harriss-White
ORGANIZATION Economic and Political Weekly
TYPE Journal Article
DATE 2006
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

While it may be possible to mitigate poverty through social transfers, it is not possible to eradicate the processes that create poverty under capitalism. Eight such processes are discussed: the creation of the preconditions; petty commodity production and trade; technological change and unemployment; petty commodification; harmful commodities and waste; pauperising crises; climate-change related pauperisation; and the unrequired, incapacitated and/or dependent human body under capitalism. Ways to regulate these processes and to protect against their impact are discussed.  

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