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Defining poverty as distinctively human

H.P.P. Lötter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 3 | a240 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i3.240 | © 2007 H.P.P. Lötter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2007 | Published: 07 May 2007

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H.P.P. Lötter, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

While it is relatively easy for most people to identify human beings suffering from poverty, it is rather more difficult to come to a proper understanding of poverty. In this article the author wants to deepen our understanding of poverty by interpreting the conventional definitions of poverty in a new light. The article starts with a defence of a claim that poverty is a concept uniquely applicable to humans. It then present a critical discussion of the distinction between absolute and relative poverty and it is then argued that a revision of this distinction can provide general standards applicable to humans everywhere.

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