chapter  7
18 Pages


ByLaura Buffoni

Poverty, with its local manifestations and interplay of global, regional (national) and local causes, can be considered as one of the phenomena in which the ‘global’ meets the ‘local’.1 In this chapter it will be argued that:

1 polarization occurring at global (macro) level has dramatically increased in the last decades confirming the image of a ‘North/South’ divide, although the ‘poles’ might be scattered all over the globe;

2 because of the influence of globalization processes on individuals’ everyday lives (defined as ‘microglobalization’), poverty in ‘affluent’ societies has involved various ways of adaptation and forms of social coping, producing more complex patterns in the way poverty is perceived and experienced.