Philosophy and Child Poverty

Reflections on the Ethics and Politics of Poor Children and their Families

  • Nicolás Brando
  • Gottfried Schweiger

Part of the Philosophy and Poverty book series (PPOV, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Nicolás Brando, Gottfried Schweiger
    Pages 1-15
  3. Definitions and Measurements

  4. Children and Families Living in Poverty

  5. Rights, Responsibilities, and Policies

About this book


This book offers a broad and diverse reflection of the ways in which child poverty could be conceptualised, and the ways in which it is intertwined with childhood as a specific social condition. Furthermore, the responsibilities towards children and the possible mechanisms required for dealing with this condition will be analysed and clarified. 

This is the first volume on philosophy and child poverty. Despite the increasing number of publications on poverty, the particular phenomenon of poverty during childhood has not received much philosophical attention. This is surprising, given the severity and depth of child poverty around the globe.

This volume brings together various philosophical approaches and how they understand and tackle child poverty. This is an important addition to the philosophical literature, which is also of wider interest to scholars working in the social sciences and with an interest in child poverty.


Child Poverty Philosophy of Childhood Family Poverty Philosophy of Poverty Global Justice Childhood and family poverty Universal Poverty Measurements Child Poverty and Resistance Living in Poverty Humiliation and Child Poverty Gender Equality and Child Poverty Education and Child Poverty Immigration and Child Poverty Disability and Child Poverty Kant and Children’s Rights Education for Disadvantaged Children Poverty and Social Welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicolás Brando
    • 1
  • Gottfried Schweiger
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics, Social and Political PhilosophyKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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