Altruism and Poverty in an African Context

  • François-Régis Mahieu
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Absolute or relative poverty is a constraint on entitlements and thus on personal behaviour. But in most cases, people react by using their social environment: community, family, neighbourhood, kinship groups, informal markets, or any other possible social network. These networks are roughly based on altruistic interactions that are, in this chapter, materialized in informal transfers or pluri-activity.


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  • François-Régis Mahieu
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  1. 1.University of VersaillesFrance

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