This handbook initiates fresh debates on poverty and its impact in a constantly changing Global South society. It studies the concept, theories, and causes of poverty, as well as the design and delivery of social welfare policies related to specific groups, such as women, children, and the elderly. The chapters are theoretical, evidence-based, and empirical in nature and bring together a holistic understanding of social problems and issues in developing countries. The volume brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners from across the globe to develop a hands-on reference work that will be requisite for several social science disciplines concerned with poverty and the welfare of poor people.

The first of its kind, the handbook will be indispensable for scholars and researchers of development studies, economics, social work, political studies, poverty studies, population and demographic studies, sociology, social anthropology, public policy, and political economy, especially those concerned with the Global South.

chapter |8 pages


Producing Poor and Naming Them – Globalization and Neoliberalism in the Global South

part I|107 pages

Theorizing Poverty – Global South Societies in Transition

chapter 1|21 pages

Poverty-Free Fantasy

Aid Agencies, Neocolonialism, and Neoliberalism in Nepal

chapter 2|16 pages

Tabulating Global Literacy

Trends in Global, Continental, Regional, and National Literacy Rates between 2000 and 2020

chapter 4|22 pages

Impact of Globalization on Poverty in India

Cross-Country Comparative Analysis with China and Indonesia

chapter 5|20 pages

Limits to Public Policy Pursuits on Poverty in India

Limited Conceptualization

part II|139 pages

Poverty and Marginalization in the Emerging Global South Countries

chapter 7|20 pages


The Fundamental Bane of Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria

chapter 10|28 pages

Poverty and Social Protection for Old Age in the 21st Century

Reversing Pension Privatization in Latin America

chapter 11|28 pages

Gender Identity and Socio-economic Status

Khawaja Sara Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges in Pakistan

part III|167 pages

Welfare of the Margin – Issues, Challenges, and Concerns

chapter 12|14 pages

Trouncing Poverty through Women's Empowerment in India

A Case of Kerala's Kudumbashree Mission

chapter 14|18 pages

Organized Crime and Penury in Pakistan

The Hybrid Exploitation of the Poor and Powerless

chapter 18|11 pages

Poverty and Child Labour Nexus

An Indian Perspective

chapter 20|9 pages

Race and Risk

Poverty in an Urban Setting

chapter 21|15 pages

Just Going Nowhere

How Post-Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Leadership Training for Young People in Cassava Farming Village Fails

part IV|159 pages

Politics of Poverty – Measuring and Naming the Poor in the Global South Societies

chapter 22|22 pages

Impact of Neoliberalism on the Right to Food

A Comparative Analysis between India and China

chapter 23|31 pages

Ensuring Food Security

A Case for Developing Countries

chapter 25|16 pages

Being Poor, Female, and First-Year at a South African University

Vulnerabilities to Gender-Based Violence

chapter 26|21 pages

Saving New Lives in Remote Areas of Indonesia

Social Capital and the Use of Dukun Beranak's Service (Traditional Birth Attendants) in Indonesia

chapter 27|28 pages

Poverty, Inequality, and Politics of Marginality in India

State and Civil Society's Affirmative Action

part V|88 pages

Rethinking Economic Development in the Global South

chapter 31|17 pages

Urban Poor in Neoliberal City-Spaces

Negotiating Marginalities and Everyday Struggle in the Peri-Urban Delhi

chapter 33|19 pages

Individualization of Distress

Farmers' Suicide in India