You are here

The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty

The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty

Second Edition
Five Volume Set
Edited by:

September 2015 | 2 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty, Second Edition addresses the persistence of poverty across the globe while updating and expanding the landmark first edition, originally published in 2006 prior to the economic calamities of 2008. For instance, while continued high rates of income inequality might be unsurprising in developing countries such as Mexico, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported in May 2013 even countries with historically low levels of income inequality have experienced significant increases over the past decade, including Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. The UN and the World Bank also emphasize the persistent nature of the problem. It is not all bad news. In March 2013, the Guardian newspaper reported, “Some of the poorest people in the world are becoming significantly less poor, according to a groundbreaking academic study which has taken a new approach to measuring deprivation. The report, by Oxford University’s poverty and human development initiative, predicts that countries among the most impoverished in the world could see acute poverty eradicated within 20 years if they continue at present rates.” On the other hand, the UN says environmental threats from climate change could push billions more into extreme poverty in coming decades. All of these points lead to the need for a revised, updated, and expanded edition of the Encyclopedia of World Poverty, Second Edition.

"This Encyclopedia is substantially larger than the earlier edition which reflects the economic turmoil of the Great Recession of 2007-2008 and the ensuing global financial crisis... The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty is a solid taxonomy which addresses the tenacity of poverty around the globe. This research source will be useful in academic libraries and will benefit college students and researchers. Recommended."

J. Minshull

"The authors' succinct entries, which include recommended readings and cross-references, thoroughly explore ways in which poverty is experienced, perpetuated, and combated around the globe.  Recommended for all libraries that do not already own the first edition, and worth considering as an update for those that do... Summing up: Recommended. All libraries. All levels."

S. E. Fancher
Saint Louis University

“This is substantially larger than the previous edition, likely reflecting the rising level of economic crisis. The new volumes display the same attention to quality “encyclopedia craft” as the first, with 175 new articles and an increase to about 900 articles overall… Libraries that purchased the first edition should seriously consider updating in print or electronic format.”

D. Hoover

Mehmet A. Odekon

Mehmet Odekon is Professor of Economics and Tisch Family Distinguished Professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Bogazici University (formerly Robert College) in Istanbul, Turkey. He won a Turkish government scholarship to pursue graduate work in the United States and earned his Ph.D. in economics at the State University of New York, Albany. After working at Bogazici University and at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, he joined Skidmore in 1982.Dr. Odekon’s research interests include the political economy of... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781483345703

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.