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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

9781788977500 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Martha F. Davis, University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, US, Morten Kjaerum, Adjunct Professor, University of Aalborg, Denmark and Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden and Amanda Lyons, Executive Director and Lecturer in Law, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 750 0 Extent: 624 pp
This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

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This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

Leading experts in the human rights field representing a range of disciplines outline a future research agenda to address poverty and inequality head on. Beginning with an interrogation of the definition of poverty, subsequent chapters analyse the dynamics of poverty and inequality in relation to matters such as race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geography and migration status. The rights to housing, land, health, work, education, protest and access to justice are also explored, with a recognition of the challenges posed by corruption, climate change and new technologies.

The Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty is an essential reference guide for those who teach in these areas and for scholars and students developing future research agendas of their own. This will also be a much-needed resource for people working practically to address poverty in both the Global North and Global South.
Critical Acclaim
‘The first goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. However the definition and measurement of poverty, its relationship with other global challenges such as inequality and environmental justice, and methods to combat it are deeply contested. Human rights have been largely marginalized in national and international discourses and initiatives on poverty. This Research Handbook illuminates the many important dimensions of poverty that are obscured by the neglect of human rights. In so doing, it makes a significant contribution to our understanding of poverty and opens up new avenues for pursuing its eradication.’
– Sandra Liebenberg, University of Stellenbosch, former Vice-Chair, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

‘The Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty is a timely and welcome addition to the growing literature on poverty, economic inequality and human rights. Coming at a propitious global moment, in the wake of a crushing pandemic that has reinforced and exacerbated the historical causes, impacts and patterns of poverty, this volume provides cogent and innovative insights into confronting poverty as a core human rights issue. An impressively interdisciplinary exploration by a collection of thoughtful and informed scholars and advocates who are well versed in the issues of poverty and human rights, the Handbook is a compelling and useful text for educators. Hopefully, it may also spawn commitments from policy makers and governments worldwide to confront the urgent need to eradicate poverty and inequality.’
– Penelope Andrews, President, Law & Society Association (2019-2021); Professor of Law and Director, Racial Justice Project, New York Law School
Contributors
Contributors: P. Alston, N. Ángel-Cabo, S. Atapattu, A. Barboza-Vergara, S. Barbu, M. Baumgärtel, A.L.G. Brownell Sr., A. Buğra, A. Byrnes, M. Campbell, E. Hoyos-Ceballos, S. Chea, M.F. Davis, O. De Schutter, L. Farha, A. Fuentes, Å. Gunnarsson, M. Hartlev, L. Hilbink, K.M. Januszewski, E. Karageorgiou, D. Kasdan, R.E. Kaufman, Z. Kızılkaya, M. Kjærum, M. Kothari, T. Kritzman-Amir, D.A. Lovera-Parmo, A. Lyons, G. MacNaughton, V. Madrigal-Borloz, M. Matache, G. McDougall, K. Moyo, H. Mukiri-Smith, M. Nowak, G. Quinn, V. Salas, H.-O. Sano, K. Schwan, M. Sepúlveda Carmona, L. Sotomayor, L. Swepston, L. Taylor, C. Thomas, W. Vandenhole, L. Williams, V. Yilmaz
Contents
Contents:

Opening Note
Michelle Bachelet

Forward
Philip Alston xix

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty xxv

PART I DEFINITIONS, MEASUREMENTS AND STANDARDS
1 A human rights-based approach to measuring poverty 2
Olivier De Schutter
2 From stigma to rights: uncovering the hidden dimension of poverty 21
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona
3 Current perspectives on global poverty: rights, capabilities and social exclusion 37
Ayşe Buğra
4 Is economic inequality a violation of human rights? 53
Gillian MacNaughton
5 Poverty and political rights: an exercise of recovery from oblivion 69
Karolina Miriam Januszewski and Manfred Nowak
6 Human rights and poverty reduction: what are the linkages? 88
Hans-Otto Sano

PART II CROSS-CURRENTS
A. POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND IDENTITY
7 Breaking the link between poverty and disability: re-purposing human
rights in the 21st century 106
Gerard Quinn
8 Poverty, older persons and human rights 125
Andrew Byrnes
9 Child impoverishment and the human rights of children 141
Wouter Vandenhole
10 Capping motherhood 156
Meghan Campbell
11 The price that is paid: violence and discrimination based on sexual
orientation and gender identity and poverty 171
Victor Madrigal-Borloz
12 Assessing racialized poverty: the case of Romani people in the European Union 192
Margareta Matache and Simona Barbu
13 Rights, racism, and poverty: failures of the global commitment to leave
no one behind 211
Gay McDougall

B. POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, INTERSECTING
WITH GEOGRAPHY AND PLACE
14 Immigration, poverty and human rights 230
Tally Kritzman-Amir
15 Human rights and a-legality: destitution of persons seeking asylum in the EU 247
Eleni Karageorgiou
16 Seeing human rights like a city: the prospects and perils of the ‘urban turn’ 264
Natalia Ángel-Cabo and Luisa Sotomayor
17 The role of local authorities in addressing poverty and implementing
human rights norms 279
Moritz Baumgärtel
18 Addressing poverty at its base: the housing and land rights approach 295
Miloon Kothari
19 The land rights-poverty nexus 310
Alfred Lahai Gbabai Brownell Sr.
20 Indigenous Peoples’ land rights: a culturally sensitive strategy for
poverty eradication and sustainable development 324
Alejandro Fuentes

C. POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATION
21 Human rights, poverty and mobilizations 339
Domingo A. Lovera-Parmo
22 Advancing human rights through legal empowerment of the disadvantaged 355
Lisa Hilbink and Valentina Salas

PART III MECHANISMS AND POLICIES
23 A human rights critique of contemporary social policy paradigms: new
behaviourism, social investment and new universalism 371
Volkan Yilmaz
24 The human right to housing in the age of financialization 386
Leilani Farha and Kaitlin Schwan
25 The right to health for people living in poverty: a human rights perspective 402
Mette Hartlev
26 Human rights and abortion access for people living in poverty:
implications for the United States and globally 417
Risa E. Kaufman and Diana Kasdan
27 What is wrong with the privatization of education as anti-poverty policy
from a human rights perspective? 433
Antonio Barboza-Vergara and Esteban Hoyos-Ceballos
28 Poverty, labour law and human rights: a necessary connection 447
Lee Swepston and Constance Thomas
29 Minimum wage, poverty reduction and human rights in Cambodia: a case study 464
Sophal Chea
30 Fair taxes to end poverty 476
Åsa Gunnarsson

PART IV STRUCTURAL BARRIERS
31 Climate change, human rights and poverty: intersections and challenges 491
Sumudu Atapattu
32 Corruption as a human rights violation 508
Khulekani Moyo
33 Conflict, poverty and human rights violations 523
Zafer Kizilkaya
34 Human rights, technology and poverty 537
Linnet Taylor and Hellen Mukiri-Smith
35 Beyond the state: holding international institutions and private entities
accountable for poverty alleviation 552
Lucy Williams

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