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Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development

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Winner of the 2011 Paul Davidoff award!

This is a book about poverty but it does not study the poor and the powerless; instead it studies those who manage poverty. It sheds light on how powerful institutions control "capital," or circuits of profit and investment, as well as "truth," or authoritative knowledge about poverty. Such dominant practices are challenged by alterna
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ebook, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Routledge (first published March 12th 2010)
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Jacob Woocher
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good. One of the best critiques of the Western development/aid model and Washington Consensus that I've read. You'll learn a lot about how microfinance is practiced in different parts of the world and how Western institutions (The World Bank, specifically) try to control the production of knowledge surrounding this. She's very critical of the idea that bringing poor individuals into global financial markets is some sort of panacea for global poverty, but offers a very nuanced ...more
Anand Nayak
The poverty in itself is highly confused concept. Its a comparative level of different states of individual style and living standard. I eagerly read the book to find the conceptual and real time understanding of the high sounding name Poverty capital. I am but sure to find the Author equally confused like the subject matter. She has narrated the feels and findings and understanding of hundreds of scholars and institutions who are relatively close to the community about whom we talk more and und ...more
Kavya
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great analysis of the discourse of development and very insightful interviews with reflective and crucial players in the industry. But sometimes the thesis was unclear due to an overabundance of material that represented the complicated discourse.
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Read it for a microfinance paper. Loved it. Might review it in Summer.
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