BOOK REVIEW | Poverty and Inequality

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Diagnosis, Prognosis and Responses

Edited by Crain Soudien, Vasu Reddy and Ingrid Woolard


While the world has seen a decline in absolute poverty, it has also seen a simultaneous rise in economic inequality. This is the case in all of the major economies as well as in emerging ones, including South Africa.

State of the Nation

Is there a South African explanation of poverty and inequality that is distinctive and different from an explanation of poverty and inequality that would be used in other contexts and countries?

What are the familiar constants that characterise the interdependence of this ubiquitous pairing?

How can the discussion on poverty and inequality be taken forward?

Is wealth taxation a viable instrument to reduce wealth inequality in South Africa?

In Poverty and Inequality: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Responses, the authors explore these and many others gritty questions as they analyse the complexity of poverty and inequality beyond an over-determination of the concepts by the economic or the wealth index in South Africa.

About the editors

Professor Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies.

His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include three books, three edited collections and over 190 articles, reviews, reports and book chapters.

He was educated at the University of Cape Town and Unisa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Professor Ingrid Woolard is the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and Professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University. Ingrid’s areas of research interest include the measurement of poverty and inequality, unemployment, social protection and fiscal policy.

She is a Research Affiliate at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour, a Senior Research Associate at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki and a Research Associate of the Commitment to Equity Institute.

She is strongly committed to providing research-led policy advice – from 2008 to 2014 she served on the Employment Conditions Commission and from 2013-2018 she served on the Davis Tax Committee.

Vasu Reddy is a Professor of Sociology, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. His research interests include human development and identity marker issues (notably genders, sexualities, HIV and AIDS, inequalities and social justice).

He has published in these fields in both local and international journals, as well as in co-edited volumes and co-authored monographs. He previously worked as an executive director at the Human Sciences Research Council, and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Some publications are Care in Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (with Stephan Meyer, Tammy Shefer & Thenjiwe Meyiwa, 2014; HSRC Press), Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship and Activism (with Zethu Matebeni & Surya Monro, 2018; Routledge) and Queer Kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging (with Tracy Morison and Ingrid Lynch, 2018, UNISA Press & Routledge).


  • PUBLISHER | HSRC Press |
  • ISBN | 978-0-7969-2442-1 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R295.00 |

For more information | Manusha Pillai | +27 (0)82 389 3587 mail me |


 

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