Poverty, Vulnerability, Resilience, and Well-Being: Conceptualizing, Measuring and Analyzing Complex Multidimensional Phenomena

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

The conceptualization and measurement of poverty and precariousness has received a lot of attention within and outside social indicators research. Over the past decades, a considerable conceptual and analytical broadening of poverty research and poverty measures can be observed, including non-monetary (e.g. relative deprivation, unmet basic needs), non-material (e.g. social links, social exclusion, subjective poverty), and multidimensional approaches (e.g. capabilities, multidimensional poverty indexes). Furthermore, poverty research has dealt in detail with specific poverty affected social groups, notably child poverty, women, urban poverty, working poor, and related anti-poverty policies. On the methodological level, a range of statistical techniques has been developed to measure and rank poverty and to examine its determinants and consequences.

In recent years the conceptualization, measurement and analysis of poverty have been increasingly linked to and framed by other complex multifaceted social phenomena and perspectives like vulnerability (e.g. vulnerability to poverty), resilience (e.g. the ability to cope with poverty), and well-being (e.g. the concept of subjective well-being poverty). Methodologically, there are on-going discussions on comparability vs. incomparability in poverty ranking across countries and regions, and on amplitude, multidimensionality, ambiguousness, and trajectories of poverty.

This session aims at discussing how we can and should conceptualize, measure and analyse poverty as a complex multidimensional, multilevel and dynamic phenomenon, and how exactly poverty relates to (dimensions of) vulnerability, resilience and well-being. The session invites papers discussing how to deal adequately with these conceptual and methodological complexities, and how to apply them in empirical analyses. Papers providing comparative analysis are particularly welcome.

Session Organizers:
Christian SUTER, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Tugce BEYCAN, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Oral Presentations
The Capabilities Based Multidimensional Poverty Determinant Analysis: Case Study from Turkey
Tugce BEYCAN, University of Neuchatel, Department of Sociology, Switzerland
Measuring the Impacts of Resilience on the Level of Subjective Wellbeing of the Elderly in Switzerland.
Jehane SIMONA-MOUSSA, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland; Gaël BRULÉ, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Distributed Papers
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