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A War on Global Poverty : The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit / Joanne Meyerowitz.

Author/Creator:
Meyerowitz, Joanne, author., Author,
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (328 pages) : 12 b/w illustrations.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Economic assistance.
Economic development.
Globalization -- Economic aspects.
Microfinance.
Poverty.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
A history of U.S. involvement in late twentieth-century campaigns against global poverty and how they came to focus on women A War on Global Poverty provides a fresh account of U.S. involvement in campaigns to end global poverty in the 1970s and 1980s. From the decline of modernization programs to the rise of microcredit, Joanne Meyerowitz looks beyond familiar histories of development and explains why antipoverty programs increasingly focused on women as the deserving poor.When the United States joined the war on global poverty, economists, policymakers, and activists asked how to change a world in which millions lived in need. Moved to the left by socialists, social democrats, and religious humanists, they rejected the notion that economic growth would trickle down to the poor, and they proposed programs to redress inequities between and within nations. In an emerging "women in development" movement, they positioned women as economic actors who could help lift families and nations out of destitution. In the more conservative 1980s, the war on global poverty turned decisively toward market-based projects in the private sector. Development experts and antipoverty advocates recast women as entrepreneurs and imagined microcredit-with its tiny loans-as a grassroots solution. Meyerowitz shows that at the very moment when the overextension of credit left poorer nations bankrupt, loans to impoverished women came to replace more ambitious proposals that aimed at redistribution. Based on a wealth of sources, A War on Global Poverty looks at a critical transformation in antipoverty efforts in the late twentieth century and points to its legacies today.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: From Modernization to Microcredit
Part I. A War on Global Poverty
Chapter One. The Trouble with Foreign Aid
Chapter Two. Redistribution
Part II. How Women Became the Deserving Poor
Chapter Three. Developing Women
Chapter Four. Private Developments
Part III. The Microcredit Moment
Chapter Five. Macro Debt and Microcredit
Epilogue. The Development of Poverty
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
A Note On The Type
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Jun 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780691219974
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691219974 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.