Theoretical Debates on Urban Poverty

  • Pranab Kumar Panday


This chapter sheds light on detailed theoretical debates on the issue of urbanization and urban poverty. In the first half of the chapter, the meaning of different concepts such as urban, urbanism, urbanized and urbanization have been discussed. The second half of the chapter deals with the meaning of poverty and urban poverty, followed by a discussion on the historical perspectives of urban poverty. Thereafter, different theories of poverty, including social transformation theory, functionalist theory, and conflict theory, have been discussed. Finally, the urban poverty debate in different parts of the world has been discussed.


Urbanizations Growth of urbanization Poverty Urban poverty Conventional economic approach Absolute poverty Relative poverty Social indicators History of urban poverty Social transformation theory Functionalist theory Conflict theory Structural perspective Institutional discrimination Categorization of poverty Poverty based on political economy Poverty in terms of GNP per capita Poverty in terms of first world–third world classification Urban poverty debate Urban poverty reduction 


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  • Pranab Kumar Panday
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  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh

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