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The Poverty Trap: Or, Why Poverty is Not About the Individual.

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JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
DatePublished - Dec 2011
Issue number4
Volume15
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)563-571
Original languageEnglish

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Poverty is often thought of as an inevitable social condition, and the blame for any shortcomings in governmental welfare policies is frequently placed upon the failings of individuals, markets, and demography. By exploring the influence of neoliberal politics on archaeologies of slum-life this article makes the case that less emphasis should be placed upon the perceived failings of individuals and more effort should be placed on recovering the complex social networks which sustained community-life within Hungate and other so-called urban slums.

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