Poverty and famines an essay on entitlement and deprivation summary
Chapter III brings out the difference between starvation and famines. We have a problem of poverty to the extent that low income creates problems for those who are not poor.
There may be a sudden rise in food prices, so that his wage earnings are insufficient to purchase food. Sen has neglected the infrastructural breakdown. And so on. Also, the critics lay claim to inefficiency of PDS used to funnel the food into Bengal.
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Sen's account had at least two important implications for policy. Prohibition of cereal export 5. The concluding chapter of the book talks about how occupational pattern of destitution and famine mortality affected the different class of society of Bengal including fisherman, transport workers, agricultural and non-agricultural labor. The focus of govt. The traditional analysis of famines is shown to be fundamentally defective, and the author develops an alternative analysis. A person's ability to feed himself depends both on what he owns- his current bundle of entitlements and on what he can obtain by exchanging this entitlement bundle is not sufficient to allow him to command food. His points are sharply focused on the causes and cures rather than the only counting symptoms of problems only. The critics who oppose the above may please note that that at no time does he propose to completely eliminate the FAD approach. Sometimes a little help is needed to ask these questions, to make the mind an inquisitive one, because the way we are indoctrinated in schools now, we grow up immune to things like poverty and injustice, even as concepts. The approach of Prof. Sen has credibility and capability both. It sets a stage f or discussion of famines in particular. Besides developing the underlying theory, the approach has also been used in a number of case studies of four devastating famines of recent decades including the Great Bengal Famine of , the Ethiopian famines of and , the Bangladesh famine of , and the famines in the countries of the African Sahel in the s, providing material with which policymakers can draw some beneficial conclusions. Thus it is also a part of our curriculum and interest towards the topic which made us study this. An uneven expansion of income and purchasing power 6.
Vastly more common is for an adequate supply of food to be beyond the reach of those who need it most. He clearly distinguishes between the food availability and the relationships between a person and the food available.
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There is a conversational quality to the way theories are discussed and debunked. The book we have selected seemed interesting of the topic he wants to convey and therefore poverty have always been a topic of attraction for the readers. It is a recursive relation and the process of connecting can be repeated. While others excluded from this expansion or protection simply had to take the consequences of the rise in food prices. Sometimes a little help is needed to ask these questions, to make the mind an inquisitive one, because the way we are indoctrinated in schools now, we grow up immune to things like poverty and injustice, even as concepts. Typically in market societies , individuals are entitled to whatever transfers of wealth the state provides in its social welfare programs. An uneven expansion of income and purchasing power 6. The 'class-basis of destitution' further corroborates the food entitlement approach. Or some economic change may affect his employment possibilities, leaving him without purchasing power. I wish that, having established his approach, Sen had moved beyond it to examine the forces that create the social framework he is operating within. Why is my ownership of the bamboo umbrella accepted? The Ethiopian Famine, again, according to him proved the validity of entitlement approach, as there was little price rise of commodities.
Technicalities and mathematical reasoning are confined to the four appendices, which 1 present a formal analysis of the notion of exchange entitlement, 2 provide illustrative models of exchange entitlement, 3 examine the problem of poverty measurement, and 4 analyze the pattern of famine mortality based on the Bengal famine of
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