Rural Poverty in Jordan

Assessment and Characterisation

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 Yarmouk University mtarawneh2002@yahoo.co.uk
  • 2 Yarmouk University
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Adopting a qualitative anthropological approach, this report discusses and critiques dominant theoretical currents in the study of poverty and presents a more qualitative analysis of the topic. Through an examination of rural Jordan, new sets of concepts and calculations on poverty - both qualitative and quantitative - have been forged. The research indicates that poverty, as an economic fact, can easily be manipulated and treated as a numerical game. As a social fact, poverty is seen in terms of complex coping strategies that are managed within a framework of social norms.

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