The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. The 2009 Yearbook explores the framings, strategies, and impacts of a range of actors on poverty and its alleviation. The overarching question is to whether such actors, in pressing for poverty alleviation actually achieve anything/empower the poor, or simply aid wealthy states in maintaining the status quo. The contributors are diverse, including scholars and practitioners from India, America, the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Mali.

The Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students, and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms, and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.

Poverty Discourses and Global Civil Society

Poverty Discourses and Global Civil Society

Poverty discourses and global civil society
HarshMander, VirginiusXaxa, LakshmiLingam and AmitaBhide

The perspectives in this chapter challenge the notion of a homogenous, voiceless and global ‘poor’ who litter the literature of NGOs, frequent the policy documents of institutions concerned with their alleviation, and inhabit the imaginations of people living more comfortable and secure lives. As outlined in the Introduction to this edition, the development of the idea of poverty is embedded in the historical evolution of western industrialised societies, notions that seeped into other cultures and thinking. So, too, did ways of tackling impoverishment, many of which deny the agency of those designated as ‘poor.’

The four contributions presented here – from various quarters in India and diverse perspectives – seek not ...

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