Quality & Quantity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 1–14 | Cite as

Women and culture of poverty (a qualitative study of the culture of poverty among the Iranian caretaker women)

  • Ahmad Mohammadpur
  • Jalil Karimi
  • Mehdi Alizadeh


This study examines the culture of poverty among women who are caretakers of their families and supported by the Behzisti Organization (an Iranian governmental Welfare Institution) of Sari Township. It employs Oscar Lewis’s theory of the culture of poverty to reveal the nature and dimensions of poverty as experienced by these women. Employing in-depth, semi-structured interviews, we spoke with 28 women and Behzisti assistants. These interview data were analyzed through thematic analysis. Resultant themes indicated general elements of poverty such as lack of literacy and the accommodation issue, but also indicated other outcomes of women in poverty, including irresponsibility, dis-participation, secrecy, gender bias, sexual vulnerability, forced remarriage, low- risking and beggary. For these women, poverty has multiple dimensions and a continuing trajectory.


Caretaker women Culture of poverty Thematic analysis Sari township Iran 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmad Mohammadpur
    • 1
  • Jalil Karimi
    • 2
  • Mehdi Alizadeh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics & Social SciencesBu Ali Sina UniversityHamadanIslamic Republic of Iran
  2. 2.Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Literature & HumanitiesUniversity of RaziKermanshahIslamic Republic of Iran
  3. 3.Bu Ali Sina UniversityHamadanIslamic Republic of Iran

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