The attempts to define poverty discussed in Chapter 5 all resort to use of a weekly budget or a fixed point on the income scale. As we shall see in Chapter 8, such a simple expression of poverty is essential if we are to measure its extent in a particular society at a particular time. However what this is in effect doing is basing the conception of the problem of poverty on a static monetary measure. It is reducing our understanding of poverty to concern with what we have or do not have.
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