Perceptions of poverty and the perpetuation of the capability-judgment cycle in outer southeast Melbourne

Kelly, Leanne 2016, Perceptions of poverty and the perpetuation of the capability-judgment cycle in outer southeast Melbourne, Community development, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 584-601, doi: 10.1080/15575330.2016.1226913.

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Title Perceptions of poverty and the perpetuation of the capability-judgment cycle in outer southeast Melbourne
Author(s) Kelly, LeanneORCID iD for Kelly, Leanne orcid.org/0000-0002-3360-5212
Journal name Community development
Volume number 47
Issue number 5
Start page 584
End page 601
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1557-5330
1944-7485
Keyword(s) capability approach
labeling theory
othering
poverty
perceptions
Summary People living in poverty are subject to assumptions and stereotypes which, whether inaccurate, harmful, or misguided, can impact empowerment and capability building. This research explores perceptions relating specifically to people in poverty in outer southeast Melbourne suburbs. Perceptions of 218 non-poor respondents are compared with the perceptions of 52 poor respondents. Poor respondents describe themselves before discussing impacts of negative non-poor perceptions. Findings demonstrate that the nonpoor tend to view the poor negatively and that these judgments have adverse impacts on those in poverty. Non-poor perceptions in this study are shown to influence the perpetuation of poverty by contributing to a cause and effect capability-judgment cycle. This cycle illustrates how non-poor views impact emotional and material wellbeing of the poor and influence policy, programs, and poverty discourse in ways which further reduce the capabilities of the poor to achieve valued ends.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15575330.2016.1226913
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
Socio Economic Objective 940116 Social Class and Inequalities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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